Incident directory

1955 - Wellington Mill, Greenfield

04/03/1955

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date of event

4th to 7th March 1955.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

Wellington Mill.

Location

Chew Valley, Greenfield.

Service area

Lancashire County Fire Brigade (LCFB) now part of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property type

Mill.

Premises use

Industrial used as a spinning mill.

Construction type and materials

Brick with some iron supports for a mainly wood joist supported wooden floor.

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A firefighter (Ff) died due to the injuries sustained following the collapse of the floor (House & Settle, 2016).

During damping down procedures, a Ff fell approximately 40ft to his death, it is understood, from the 3rd floor. He was last seen at around 06:30 on the 3rd floor trying to reach areas where the fire was still burning. After being told to ‘knock off and take some hot tea’ he apparently, instead of doing this, tried to find a way to the still burning fire pockets and fell through the ‘badly burned floor-timbers to the ground floor below’. The Ff was found at around 08:00 by a Station Officer (StnO) below where he had last been seen damping down (Unknown Author, 1955).

The fire was bought under control on the 6th of March with nearly 100 Ffs in attendance at the peak of the incident. The mill was destroyed (Unknown Author, 1955). The fire was at one time attended by ‘100 firemen from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire’ (Unknown author 3, 1955).

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Wellington Mill fire believed to be taken between 4th and 5th March 1955. Image by Clifford Ashton, from Fireflash Delta (Price, unknown date).

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Wellington Mill fire believed to be taken between 4th and 5th March 1955. From Unknown author, 1955.

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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FBU summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations

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Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

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Known available source documents

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FRS Incident Report/s

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FBU Incident Report/s

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

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Greater Manchester Police Incident Report/s

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North West Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or Rule 43 and/or Regulation 28 Notices etc

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Dear Chief Officer Letters (DCOL), FRS Circulars, FRS Notices and/or Bulletins etc and/or Related Government Correspondence

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Notifications from National Operational Learning User Group (NOLUG) and/or Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)

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Other information sources

House, A. & Settle, P. et al. (2016). The firefighter memorial trust book of remembrance. [Online]. Available at; http://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/FirefighterMemorialTrust/Content/Filler  [Accessed 20th September 2017]. The Firefighters Memorial Trust.

Note. With the above source reference, it is not currently possible to link directly to the relevant page of the memorial book.

Price, N. (unknown date). Clifford Canby Ashton ~ photographer ~ 28 August 1913 ~ 2 June 2008 a tribute, page 46 [online] Available at; http://www.fireflash-delta64.co.uk/cca46.html [Accessed 1st June, 2017].

Unknown Author. (1955). Fireman’s fatal fall while damping down. Fire. (April). Page 236

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Unknown Author 2. (1955). Killed on duty. Fire. (May). Page 261

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Unknown author 3. (1955). 21 families leave homes: hundreds of watchers. Believed to be The Yorkshire Post. (7th March). Unknown page number. Courtesy of Bob Bonner and the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.

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Unknown author 4. (1955). Yorks woollen mill inferno turns night into day. Believed to be The Yorkshire Post. (7th March). Unknown page number. Courtesy of Bob Bonner and the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.

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Service learning material

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