London Fire Brigade

Blazing Sunday for London firefighters

21 February 2011

Yesterday (Sunday 20 February) saw a number of large incidents across the capital, making it one of the busiest Sundays in recent years for London’s firefighters. Crews tackled eight large incidents across the capital including:

  • A suspected gas explosion in Ealing – 11 people were evacuated and two were injured.
  • A fire in a block of flats in Tottenham – firefighters rescued six people who were treated by London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation.
  • A blaze in a bar in Clapham, SW9. Thirty people left the building before the firefighters arrived on the scene.
  • The same firefighters who attended the Clapham fire were then called out to a large fire in a block of flats in Westminster. Eight fire engines attended and firefighters rescued 15 people from the building. Firefighters managed to prevent the fire from spreading to an adjacent building, where Winston Churchill once lived.

Rita Dexter, Deputy Commissioner for London Fire Brigade said: “Our crews demonstrated hard work, professionalism and dedication – they are a credit to the Brigade as well as to London itself. Despite it being a busy day, fire cover was provided across the capital at all times.”

Information about all of the incidents can be found at 


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