Friday, September 19, 2014

EDINBURGH OLD TOWN - 2002

 



On Dec. 7, 2002, fire struck Edinburgh Old Town.

Flames started above a nightclub, the Belle Angele.

According to Wikipedia:

"The complicated nature of the buildings, with narrow alleys and entrances from the same building onto streets at different heights, complicated efforts to fight the fire."

Firefighers described it as a "rabbit warren."

Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade Divisional Officer David Young told the BBC: "A substantial part of the core of the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh has been destroyed."


Images: BBC

GOVAN HIGH SCHOOL - 1962


 

Photos: acumfaegovan.com and Evening Times

Fire destroyed Govan High School in Glasgow on June 6, 1962. The blaze was deemed accidental. There were no serious injuries.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

CLARKSTON TOLL - 1971

Photo: BBC

On Oct. 21, 1971, a natural gas explosion at Clarkston Toll shopping center near Glasgow killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others. The smell of gas lingered in the days leading up to the explosion. Workers were unable to locate the source. Investigators determined a fractured and corroded pipeline fueled the explosion. Twenty fire engines responded as did all available Glasgow ambulances.   

PRINCE'S DOCK - 1960





“Everything appeared normal for about three minutes. Then, suddenly, we all started collapsing. It just hit us.”

On Dec. 2, 1960, Station Officer Douglas Mearns of the St. Mungo fireboat died battling a fire in the hold of the German freighter M.V. Pagensand at Prince's Dock, Govan.

Eleven other firemen and a dock worker were overcome by fumes.

The firemen were wearing breathing apparatus and “went down like ninepins without warning,” Glasgow Firemaster Martin Chadwick told reporters.


The vessel carried matches, wood pulp and paper.

Berhold Schlinder, master of the Pagensand, said the fire was discovered at sea and that the cargo continued to smolder after the crew sealed the hatches and vents.