London Fire Brigade

Fire crews face second night of disturbances

08 August 2011

For a second successive night London’s firefighters were called to deal with fires resulting from public disturbances across the capital.

Between 8pm yesterday evening and 8am this morning the Brigade’s 999 Control Officers received  445 calls from members of the public across London.

Fire crews dealt with nine large fires in Edmonton and three in Brixton. The fires caused damage to shops, vehicles and homes. At one incident on Brixton Road six fire engines and around 30 firefighters tackled a blaze in a sportswear shop.

Three fire engines were damaged in the overnight violence. One engine, from Brixton, was at the scene of a fire, while two others from West Norwood and Edmonton were on their way to incidents. No firefighters were injured in the disturbances.

Chairman and Leader of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Cllr Brian Coleman, said:

“Once again London’s firefighters displayed absolute professionalism in the way they dealt with these incidents.

“It is absolutely outrageous though that three of our fire engines came under attack and had to be taken off the road, making them unavailable for emergencies. There is simply no excuse for this abhorrent behaviour which endangers the lives of firefighters and also the people they are trying to protect.”

Last night’s fires follow the large scale disturbances seen in Tottenham on Saturday night. The Brigade received a total 264 emergency 999 calls between 9.30 on Saturday night and 4.30 on Sunday morning and attended 49 ‘primary’ fires in the Tottenham area.