Presentation on theme: "Harrow Court, Stevenage 2nd Feb 2005"— Presentation transcript:
1 Harrow Court, Stevenage 2nd Feb 2005 Ff Jeffery Wornham Ff Michael MillerAll information passed in this presentation is an accumulation of research carried out by myself. It is a conglomeration of data from the formal Inquiry/Inquest and personal accounts / conversations of those attending. It passes no judgement on those dealing with the incident and recognises and applauds the courage and bravery of all those that attended.M Fishlock
3 Normal “H” pattern residential tower block. System build - Concrete BuildingNormal “H” pattern residential tower block. System build - Concrete
4 Building18 Story, 103 Flats.Low Socio-economic population
5 Background One of a set of 2 Twin blocks Built in late 60’s Regular calls to AFA call point.Rubbish/Rubbish chutes alight.No serious fires in last 10 yearsNot special risks. Not on 11(D) / 7.2(D)Dry riser (4”) to all floors2 Lift shafts (single carriage)
7 INCIDENT 02:58 FIRST 999 Fire on 15th Floor, Flat 89 03:00 MOB 2 Pumps from Stevenage to Persons Reported03:00 Manual CP activated3:02 Pumps book MI3:03 IA Crews see smoke issuing
8 3:03 T/LFF Antrobos is met by other building occupants and confirm fire is actually in F85 on 14th Floor3:04 LFF Scotchford instructs T/LFF A and crew (Ff Miller, Wornham) “Hang on and Do not go up!” But they proceed up and LFf S radios them to tell him what’s happening. FF Dudly expresses concerns that they have gone up.FF Dudly, FF Dredge, FF Boswell form second crew and collect equipment ready in lift lobbyFF Wornham (now in the lift ) has forgotten his helmet and uses T/Lff A’sWitness statements confirm that FF Dudly was complaining that the crews should have waited in the lobby
10 3:05 light smoke observed from top of door to F85 BA Crew commits (no EC procedure no Water )T/LFF A sets in hose from DR but its chained & Padlocked. She orders it charged and asks for bolt croppers.Screaming (Male) is heard from flat 853:06 BA Crew commit & rescue Mr Savage from F85 they are told his Girlfriend is still in the flat
13 3:07 External signs of rapid fire smoke development. MP4 3:08 second BA crew meet with TLff/A by DR outlet. DR is charged but still chained shut.Lifts are being affected by smoke3:09 TLFF A States that she declares a “BA EMERGENCY” not received or acknowledgedLFF S arrives at 14th floor and 2nd BA crew commits into a “Serious fire”3:12 2nd BA crew withdraw after one loses his helmet.FF Wornham is believed to leave the flat and becomes entangled in cables in lobby.
15 3:13 14 th floor lobbies smoke logged 3:15 T/LLF A Meets DO Drakes in lift lobby, tells him she’s declared a BA Emergency.3:17 BA Crew 2 have recommitted and are trying to recue FF W but beaten back by heat (they still have no water)3:20 MP8 BA Emergency message sent
17 3:23 4 ba wearers drag FF W into stairwell lobby (still entangled) 3:25 using personal knifes and axe, cables are freed from FF WHose line from 13th floor extended into flat 85, Fire described as “like a jet engine” by BA teams
19 3:30 BA teams discover FF M and female occupant in Bedroom2 Both Obviously deceased and bodies are left in situ.3:30 Fire spread to 15th floor3:46 FFW taken out of building on stretcher3:50 MSG: “1 FF & 1Female believed dead MP10”
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