Incident directory

1962 - W. G. Grant & Co

13/04/1962

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  • Building Fires

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Description

Date and event

13th April 1962.

Time of event

Approximately 21:49 (INITIAL CALL).

Name of premise

W. G. Grant & Co.

Location

31 Constitution Street, Dundee.

Service area

Angus Area Fire Brigade, then Tayside Fire Brigade (TFB), Tayside Fire and Rescue Service, now The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property type

Warehouse.

Premise use

Warehouse storing approximately 2500 x 400 lb (181 kg) bales of jute.

Construction type and materials

Timber framed with wooden roof trusses and walls clad in corrugated iron, adjoined by the batching house on the South side and the mechanics workshops on the North side. Approximately 100 ft x 40 ft (30 m x 12 m) (Jackson, 1962).

Occupancy

Members of staff.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief synopsis

On the 13th April 1962 a Divisional Officer (DO) died from injuries sustained a collapse of jute bales at an incident (House & Settle et al, 2017) involving a jute warehouse (Jackson, 1962).

During the fire at approximately shortly before 24:00, there was a collapse of bales of jute, near the middle of the warehouse, which cut off a DO and 2 Firefighters (Ffs). Rescue teams tried to get to the missing DO and Ffs however could not due to the conditions and collapsed stock. A second ‘rescue party’ tried to gain access to the building by breaking through the corrugated iron walling of the warehouse where they successfully rescued the 2 Ffs, although they had to remove their breathing apparatus (BA) sets to be able to fit through the hole (Unknown author/s, 1962. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

The DO was rescued from underneath the collapsed Jute bales at approximately 01:40 where his body was recovered to outside after suffering fatal injuries (Unknown author/s, 1962. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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Fire and 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

None produced at this time.

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 and Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s

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Police Scotland Incident Report/s

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Scottish Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Report/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

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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. (2017). 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.

Unknown author. (1962). Unknown Publication. Via Kirkwood, G. (Unknown date). Fire officer dies in Dundee blaze, two saved. Heroic rescue struggle families warned out in early morning. [Online]. Available at; http://www.graemekirkwood.co.uk/TFB/Memorial/Buist.htm [Accessed 20th September 2017]. Tayside Memorial Page.

Jackson, J. (1962). Angus D.O. dies in jute fire. Fire. (July). Page 66.

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Service learning material

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