Tuesday 19 July 2022

Wembley Fire - 50 people evacuated before Fire Brigade arrived

 From London Fire Brigade


Twelve fire engines and around 80 firefighters tackled a fire on The Broadway in Wembley.

Half of the ground floor of a shop with flats above was alight. Part of the ground floor of a neighbouring shop was also alight, along with outbuildings at the rear of the properties. Around 50 people were evacuated before the Brigade arrived.

Seventeen gas cylinders were cooled and removed as a precaution as some can explode when exposed to heat.

The Brigade's 999 Control Officers took more than 40 calls to the blaze.

The Brigade was called at 1409 and the fire was under control by 1823. Fire crews from Ealing, Wandsworth, Poplar, Mill Hill, Tooting and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Anonymous said...

How can we rely on fire fighters from so far away? What will happen if a high rise tower block catches fire here?

Philip Grant said...

I remember a former Mayor of London (a certain Boris Johnson) cutting the number of LFB fire stations, and the number of firemen and fire engines at some of the remaining stations, because he claimed that there was no need for so many.

I wrote, in the consultation on that (which, like most consultations, took no notice of views that disagreed with what those doing the consulting wanted to do), that although there might appear to be "too many" fire engines and fire stations to meet demand most of the time, it was the big emergencies that you have to be ready and able to deal with.

I think the fires across the capital on Tuesday proved, despite his own and Tory Party claims, that Boris is not a man who gets the "big decisions" right.

Anonymous said...

Brent Council though have given planning permission for hundreds of new developments since then, mostly under the instruction of the current Mayor Of London - you can't blame everything on Boris!

Thousands of new homes, mostly in tower
blocks, large and student accomodation blocks and places like the LDO and the cinema there - yet they appear have done nothing to fight for more public services like the fire services.

Anonymous said...

You should blame Barnet/Camden's London Assembly Member Brian Coleman for cutting the fire service. Boris Johnson was never a details politician.