Incident directory

1963 - Union Street, Bradford

18/05/1963

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Description

Date of event

18th May 1963.

Time of event

Approximately 13:29. (INITIAL CALL).

Name of premises

Unknown at this time.

Location

Union Street, Bradford, England.

Service area

Bradford Fire Brigade (BFB) and West Riding Fire Service (WRFS) now West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire – Structural collapse.

Property type

4 storeys and a basement approximately 52 m x 12 m with an enclosed yard to the rear.

Premises use

Commercial premises including some shops, warehouses and offices.

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Members of staff and customers where relevant.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

A firefighter (Ff) died on the 25th May 1963 due to the injuries sustained at an incident on the 18th May by falling coping stone (House & Settle, 2016). During the course of the incident another Ff was injured, it is understood at the same time (Thomas, 1963).

The initial 999 call stated that ‘smoke was pouring out of offices in Union Street’. 3 pumps were initially sent including one from ‘West Riding Fire Service’ since some of the other Bradford Fire Brigade pumps were at another call received 13 minutes previously. It was understood that the fire started on the first floor near an open lift shaft which was ‘said to be responsible for the fire spreading to all floors extremely rapidly’ (Thomas, 1963).

At approximately 13:40 an assistance message make pumps 5 (MP), 2 Turntable Ladders (TL) required was sent and then at 14:03 a MP 8 and make TL’s 4 was sent. Several adjoining buildings were affected by ‘radiated heat and flying brands’. At some stage during the fire, some sort of structural collapse occurred and falling debris struck and injured the 2 Ffs. One of them from the ‘West Riding Fire Service’ suffered a fractured skull and died 7 days later in hospital (Thomas, 1963).

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

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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West Yorkshire Police Service Incident Report/s

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Yorkshire 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. (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.

Thomas, W. (1963). Fireman dies after Bradford fire. Fire. (September). Page 216.

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Service learning material

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Videos available

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