Incident directory

1963 - Colville’s Steelworks

07/01/1963

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date and event

7th January 1963.

Time of event

Unknown at this time.

Name of premise

Colville’s Ltd, Mossend Works, Bellshill.

Location

Bellshill, Scotland.

Service area

Lanarkshire Fire Brigade now The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property type

Industrial.

Premise use

Paint Store.

Construction type and materials

Metal ‘lean too’ shed 20 feet (6 m) x 8 feet (2.4 m).

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Fire started within Paint Store, unknown ignition at this time.

Synopsis

Brief synopsis

On the 7th January 1963 an explosion occurred in a paint store during firefighting operations killing the Deputy Firemaster (DFmr) and severely injuring a Station Officer (StnO). The StnO died later on 14th January 1963 (House & Settle et al, 2017).

The fire had started within a metal ‘lean too’ shed, approximately 6 m x 2.3 m that was used as a ‘paint store’ and contained numerous flammable liquids including paraffin, diesel, petrol, paint and thinners. According to (Unknown author/s, 1963. via Kirkwood, unknown date), the DFmr had been showing the new Firemaster around some of the fire stations in the area when the call came through to a fire at the Steelworks, whereby they decided to attend the incident (Stewart, 1963).

When they arrived the StnO took them to the paint store. It is not clear from the available information what happened exactly, but it appears that the StnO, DFmr and The Firemaster were within the store making their way out when there was an explosion. The Firemaster who was inside at the time of the blast was blown out through the doorway. He suffered burns to the back of his head (Unknown author/s, 1963. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

The StnO was seriously burned and ‘came running out alight from head to foot’ (Stewart, 1963) and the DFmr was trapped within. The DFmr died at the incident while the StnO died later from his injuries (Unknown author/s, 1963. via Kirkwood, unknown date and Stewart, 1963).

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

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/s, (1962) Via Kirkwood, (unknown date). Deputy Firemaster Stanley McIntosh died at a fire at Colvilles Steelworks and Station Officer Joseph Calderwood died a week later. [Online]. Available here; http://www.graemekirkwood.co.uk/SFB/Memorial/Colvilles.htm (Accessed 26th November 2017). Strathclyde Memorial Page.

Stewart, J. (1963). Asst. Firemaster is killed. Fire. (February). Page 465.

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Unknown author. (1963). Lanarkshire’s Assistant Firemaster killed: Station Officer dies of injuries at paint fire. Fire Protection Review. (February). Page 99.

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Stewart, J. (2)(1963). How two fire officers lost their lives in Lanarkshire. Fire Protection Review. (July). Page 477.

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Service learning material

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