The London Fire Brigade is 150 years old this year. In light of this milestone, they are looking back at significant and unusual events during this period. One of these events was a large warehouse fire close to Covent Garden Market in 1954.
The blaze in a fruit and vegetable warehouse required 24 fire engines and 100 firefighters to bring it under control and as reported in a newspaper at the time was, “was one of the biggest fires in central London since the enemy raids of the war.”
Sadly, two firemen lost their lives and a number received serious burn injuries that required plastic surgery. One of the firemen that lost their life was only reported missing once a roll call was taken back at the fire station.
Constantly learning to improve risk management
According to Fire.org.uk, there were lessons learnt from this fire that changed the approach to breathing apparatus and safety:
- No recording and supervising of men entering and leaving the incident in BA. In fact, one fireman was only unaccounted for when a roll call was taken at the fire stations which had responded to the incident.
- No means of summoning assistance in an emergency – Crews took nearly an hour to locate a trapped colleague after a collapse.
- No evacuation signals to warn men to withdraw if signs of collapse became evident.
At Quadra, we too are always looking at what lessons can be learnt from any claim. This may improve both the risk management advice that may help avoid any future claims of this nature, or with the claims management process itself. Get in touch to discuss the extensive experience our claims management team have with claims stemming from fire damage.