Fatalities category

21 Mar 2018

Fire Brigade ‘horrified’ by rise in fire deaths

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has described as ‘horrifying’ new figures on fires and fire deaths. Fire incidents have increased in England by 9% for the year ending September 2017, having already increased the previous year (2015-2016), amounting to over 170,500 fires. The number of fire-related deaths increased from 253 to 346, including 71 from the […]

25 Oct 2016

Landlord fined £150,000 for fire safety breaches

The landlord of an overcrowded flat with a lack of fire safety equipment has been landed with a huge £150,000 fine. The owner of the property in Kensington, London, was making nearly £15,000 per month in rent from the 18 residents crammed in. It was divided using flimsy pieces of plasterboard as makeshift partitions to create […]

03 May 2016

Fire deaths rise by 21% as chiefs issue cuts warning

The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 294 people died in fires in England during 2015, an increase of 21% compared with the 242 deaths recorded in 2014. This has resulted in the largest increase of fire related fatalities for 15 years. The chief fire officers from the six […]

18 Aug 2015

Ten senior executives of the company that owned the warehouse site that exploded in the China have been detained.

Massive explosions rocked the north-eastern coastal city of Tianjin, killing at least 114 people, officials said, and devastating a large industrial zone and nearby residences. At least 57 people are still missing, according to authorities. Thousands of officials, fire-fighters, policemen and local residents mourned the victims at the blast site this Tuesday, bowing their heads […]

06 Mar 2014

Two dead after overnight house fire in County Galway

Two people have been found dead after a house fire in the Republic of Ireland. The blaze, at a block of flats on Railway Road, Gort, was reported to the emergency services at 02:50 GMT. The body of a 38-year-old man and a second body, believed to be that of a woman in her 60s, […]

04 Mar 2014

Ardee funeral home fire: Man’s body recovered

The body of a 30-year-old man has been recovered following a fire at a coffin-making factory in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland. The man, who was Lithuanian, worked at Finlay’s Coffin and Casket Services in Ardee. It is thought that he got trapped when the fire broke out at the factory at 17:15 […]

03 Mar 2014

Man dies in ‘severe’ house fire at Beighton

A man in his 60s has died in a “severe” house fire in the Beighton area of Sheffield. Fire crews called to Poplar Avenue on Monday afternoon found the fire had burned through the roof of the house. Crews wearing breathing equipment found the man, who has not been named, on the first floor of […]

03 Mar 2014

Crewe house fire: Woman dies in ‘fridge fault’ blaze

A 74-year-old woman died in a house fire thought to have been caused by a faulty fridge-freezer, the fire service said. The blaze started in a bungalow on Prior Close, Wistaston, near Crewe, on Saturday evening. An initial investigation suggested there was an electrical fault with the appliance, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said. A […]

03 Mar 2014

Slyfield Green fatal fire: Arrested man released

A man arrested over the death of a World War Two soldier killed in a house fire in Surrey has been released. Frederyk “Fred” Kucharski, 92, was rescued from the fire in Slyfield Green, Guildford, on 6 July 2013, but died in hospital five days later. A 37-year-old woman arrested over the suspected arson attack […]

01 Nov 2010

Homeless fire couple claim London Fire Brigade bosses let them down

An Enfield family left combing through ashes for personal possessions after their home was gutted in a fire said the Emergency fire cover organised by the LFB let them down. Roula and Dougie Spanos of Birkbeck Road said the efforts of the fire fighters employed by the private company were “appalling and ludicrous.” This was […]

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