Fire

Looking back.

JANUARY 1979

25 YEARS AGO

* Sixty women and 51 babies were evacuated from St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey in a breakfast time fire which smoke-logged the building. Despite the brigade's recommendations that the ventilation system should have sensors in its trunking and be rigged to shut down in the event of fire, the ventilation system kept running and recirculated the smoke. An employee was arrested, with the knowledge that he had caused the death of one premature baby--but the value of effective fire drills the last one held only a week before the fire, paid dividends

* Kent crews flew by helicopter to the Swedish vessel Birkaland, then about 19 miles south of Dungeness with a severe engine room fire. By the time of the first KFB attendance the fire had spread from the engine room to the crew's quarters and number four hold, the C[O. …

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