Incident directory

1968 - Watsons Papermill

07/10/1968

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

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Description

Date and event

7th October 1968.

Time of event

Approximately 14:43 (INITIAL CALL).

Name of premise

R & W Watson Lt. aka Watson’s Papermill.

Location

Napier Street, Linwood, Scotland.

Service area

Western Area Fire Brigade (Scotland) now The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire

Property type

Warehouse.

Premise use

Commercial used for paper storage.

Construction type and materials

Unknown at this time.

Occupancy

Unknown at this time.

Fire source and location of fire

Unknown at this time.

Synopsis

Brief synopsis

On the 7th October 1968 a Firefighter (Ff) died due to injuries sustained following a wall collapse during firefighting operations (House & Settle et al, 2017 & Hartil, 1968).

‘The fire call to the above premises was received at Johnstone Fire Station at 14:43 hours on Monday, 7th October, 1968, and a pump escape was sent on’. ‘The remainder of the first attendance, a water tender, turntable ladder and hose/foam layer, was made up from Paisley Fire Station’ (Unknown author/s, 1968. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

‘On arrival, the Officer in Charge, finding that the main building was well alight made pumps up to four’. ‘The fire had spread rapidly through the building of 19th century construction, which was originally a cotton store and now used for storage of paper and, in fact, some of the employees had been caught in a surge of flame’. ‘They were being treated for various degrees of burns while the appliances were arriving’. ‘Water supplies were readily available and ten jets and one water tower jet were brought into use to control the fire and were fed from pumps operating from street hydrants and an open water supply in the mill’ (Unknown author/s, 1968. via Kirkwood, unknown date).

‘There was a tragic aspect to the fire as, at approximately 15:45 hours, the west wall collapsed and trapped four crew members’. ‘Rescue operations were mounted and three members were recovered alive but the fourth member had been killed by the falling masonry’. ‘The building was so severely damaged and in such a dangerous condition that arrangements were made to have it demolished immediately and the work of demolition started that same evening’ (Unknown author/s, 1968. 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

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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 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. (1965). Western Area Fire Brigade annual report 1968. Via Kirkwood. (unknown date). [online]. Available here, http://www.graemekirkwood.co.uk/SFB/Memorial/Burt.htm [Accessed 26th November 2017].

Unknown author 2. (1965). The Greenock Telegraph. (8th October). Page 7. Via Kirkwood. (unknown date). [online]. Available here, http://www.graemekirkwood.co.uk/SFB/Memorial/Burt.htm [Accessed 26th November 2017].

Hartil, J. (1968). Fireman killed at paper mill outbreak. Fire. (November). Page 271.

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Service learning material

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