Event    From 23/1/1958  To 26/1/1958

Smithfield Market Fire, 1958

Categories: Tragedy

On 23 January 1958, a fire broke out in the basement of Union Cold Storage Co at the Smithfield Poultry Market. The fire spread throughout the maze of basements under the market and burned for three days. Over 1,700 fire fighters with 389 fire engines were required to bring the blaze under control.

Two fire fighters were killed (Fourt-Wells and Stocking) and 50 were injured or treated for smoke inhalation. The Poultry Market was largely destroyed and large portions not directly affected by fire collapsed as basements caved in. The replacement building was opened in 1963.

The introduction of breathing apparatus by the London Fire Brigade was a direct result of the fire.

The London Fire Brigade describes the fire as "One the London's worst fires since the Blitz".

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Smithfield Market Fire, 1958

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Fourt-Wells + Stocking

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