Incident directory

1963 - ICI Hillhouse

26/07/1963

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date of event

26th July 1963.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premises

ICI, Hillhouse.

Location

Thornton, Lancashire, England.

Service area

Lancashire County Fire Brigade (LCFB) now Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property type

Building housing Anthracite furnace.

Premises use

Industrial.

Construction type and materials

Steel framed building approximately 15ft x 35ft x 55ft (4.5 m x 10.5 m x 14 m) clad with asbestos sheeting and wired glazing with 5 staging’s at different heights. No details about furnace dimensions or construction type at this stage (Bowles, 1963).

Occupancy

Members of staff.

Fire source and location of fire

Electrically heated Anthracite furnace – unknown origin at this time, assumed to be accidental.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A Leading Firefighter (LFf) and a Firefighter (Ff) died due to burn injuries sustained on the 26th July 1963 following an anthracite furnace flashover at an incident at ICI Hillhouse. The LFf died on the 27th July and the Ff died on the 15th August 1963 (House & Settle, 2016).

Several other firefighters were also ‘injured and burned by a rush of flames from the building’ (Bowles, 1963).

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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

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

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Lancashire Constabulary 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)

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

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.

Bowles, A. E. (1963). Two firemen die after blaze in ICI works. Fire. (October). Page 253.

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Service learning material

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Videos available

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