Category Archives: London Fire Brigade

Fanning the flames – Brigade deals with Penge bedsit blaze

Firefighters yesterday tackled a flat fire on Laurel Grove in Penge which is believed to have been caused by using an electrical appliance on a bed. No one was seriously hurt, but a man was taken to hospital by London … Continue reading

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Tory ministers must act on public safety over firefighters’ pay

Now the Fire Brigades Union are planning their first national strike action in 20 years, it puts Croydon Tory MP Chris Philp at the centre of the dispute. By ANDREW FISHER The worst cost-of-living crisis in decades is bringing an … Continue reading

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Whitehorse Road house fire under investigation by Brigade

A fire at a house in South Norwood this morning which led to a man being taken to hospital is under investigation by the emergency services. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled a house fire on Whitehorse Lane. … Continue reading

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Fire Brigade repeats warnings on unsafe e-scooter batteries

The London Fire Brigade has repeated its warnings about e-scooter batteries, and the risks of leaving them charging when unattended, after a serious blaze in a south London maisonette put the lives of at least six people in harm’s way. … Continue reading

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Gove’s funding increases have come too late to save Croydon

London’s precept to add nearly £40 to average bills, as Mayor Perry asks government permission for increase of at least 10% for Croydon’s Council Tax, reports WALTER CRONXITE, political editor After 12 years of Tory austerity, the government has taken … Continue reading

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Brigade issues safety warning after plug sparks fire in Kenley

The London Fire Brigade has issued an electrical safety reminder after a house fire on Hayes Lane in Kenley overnight. Part of the ground floor of the detached house was damaged by fire. Firefighters assisted a woman from the building, … Continue reading

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Subway fire sparked fears for Seifert’s landmark building

Six fire engines were called out to a blaze underneath the No1 Croydon building last night. The London Fire Brigade this morning clarified that the fire was in a pedestrian subway on Addiscombe Road, close to East Croydon Station, and … Continue reading

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Man is saved from roof of house in West Croydon blaze

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled a house fire on Oakfield Road, West  Croydon, this morning. Part of the ground floor of a semi-detached house was damaged by fire. Firefighters using a ladder rescued one man from the … Continue reading

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Fire Brigade offers safety advice for fireworks on Bonfire Night

Cost pressures have seen the cancellation of several public firework displays planned for Bonfire Night. With Diwali being celebrated tonight, the fireworks season will get underway, and the London Fire Brigade has issued guidance for the public for those considering … Continue reading

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‘Don’t make a tough job even harder’ say London’s firefighters

Fire Brigade staff have been facing an increase in abuse and even attacks when dealing with life-threatening situations, including two assaults at incidents in Thornton Heath The London Fire Brigade is calling for an end to abuse towards its staff, … Continue reading

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70 families evacuated after serious fire in Thornton Heath block

Around 70 families were evacuated from their homes yesterday after a serious fire in Sycamore House, council housing on London Road in Thornton Heath. Five people were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation, though none were thought to … Continue reading

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Perry promises council will restore Thornton Heath Clocktower

Jason Perry, Croydon’s part-time Mayor, has blamed the council – over which he presides – for the fire that wrecked Thornton Heath’s historic clocktower. Addressing the situation somewhat late (with tweets on Friday afternoon, 36 hours after the fire), Perry … Continue reading

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Thornton Heath’s landmark Clocktower left gutted by fire

A Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade investigation is underway after a fire in the Thornton Heath Clocktower gutted the local landmark. The fire took place in the early hours of this morning. Despite prompt arrival by the Brigade, the … Continue reading

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Shirley and Mitcham grass fires add to litany of call-outs

Despite a full-on media campaign last week to try to persuade the public to take special care in the capital’s tinder-dry parks and open spaces in the exceptionally hot weather, the London Fire Brigade were called out to “a large … Continue reading

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LFB’s urgent appeal for greater care to prevent grass fires

The London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent public warning for people to take greater care to avoid the risk of starting grass fires during the current heatwave. An amber warning for extreme heat between today and Sunday across parts … Continue reading

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Investigations continue into tragic Galpins Road explosion

The four-year-old girl who died in the massive explosion in Thornton Heath on Monday morning has been named as Sahara Salman. Police confirmed that Sahara’s body had been recovered from a house on Galpins Road. Three other people were taken … Continue reading

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Hosepipe ban ‘in weeks’ as second heat health warning issued

Five more days of 30-degrees-plus temperatures, and with no sign of rain any time soon has seen Thames Water follow other companies in issuing drought notifications The summer-long drought and another heatwave with temperatures over 30 degrees for several days … Continue reading

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Child dead at scene of massive explosion in Thornton Heath

Local heroes rush in to devastated scene to pull children from the rubble, as emergency services evacuate 40 more homes 2.30pm UPDATE: A child was killed in the massive explosion at a house in Thornton Heath this morning, according to reports … Continue reading

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12 fire engines on call to blazes in tinder-dry Croydon hills

THE HOTTEST DAY: Fire Brigade gets wildfires at Addington Hills and Chapel View under control as London declares a major incident More than 100 firefighters were this afternoon battling to stop two potentially devastating grass fires spreading in the Addington … Continue reading

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Fire Brigade appeals for your input in public consultation

People in Croydon have until July 25 to shape the Fire Brigade’s plan for the rest of this decade. Borough Commander Mark Edwards is urging the public to get involved and give their feedback on Your London Fire Brigade, the … Continue reading

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Residents were evacuated as grass fire took hold in Norbury

Police investigation underway into causes of the large blaze, which Fire Brigade says threatened to spread to ‘a whole street of houses’ Croydon parks friends groups and volunteers who help out around some of the borough’s open spaces and beauty … Continue reading

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Five years after Grenfell tragedy, firefighters’ job cuts continue

On the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in which 72 people died in 2017, the Fire Brigades Union has revealed that another 221 firefighter positions have been cut. The union says that these latest job cuts come after several … Continue reading

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Purley Way sports pavilion destroyed in suspected arson fire

One of the council-owned sports pavilions on the Purley Way playing fields was destroyed by fire at the weekend. According to the emergency services, no one was hurt in the blaze, the incident captured in dramatic style by local resident … Continue reading

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Plaque unveiled for firefighter killed in Wimbledon blaze

A plaque to commemorate a firefighter who died in the line of duty has been unveiled in Wimbledon this morning, close to the anniversary of his death and close to where the incident took place. Anthony Marshall was 26 years … Continue reading

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Grenfell inquiry set to quiz Barwell over ignored warnings

Former Conservative housing minister is set to give evidence about his part in what has been described as ‘one of the greatest public policy failures anywhere in the modern world’ Gavin Barwell, the former Croydon MP who as housing minister … Continue reading

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