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Someone mentioned the fire at Pearsons the other day- besides that one i can only recall two big fires besides that one- Moons garage and a paint ( ? ) wharehouse behind the hole in the wall pub. Anyone recall any large fires?

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There was a big fire at a factory in Old Basford, maybe in the 50's. I remember it cos it was nr my grandma's house, she lived on Cheltenham St. A nightwatchman died, I think.

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1975'ish big fire at Chilwell depot, mentioned elsewhere here.

late 1970s, Large factory fire, Castle Blvd. Magnet Joinery comes to mind?

Demolished and built MFI in its place (now that's gone)

There was also a large fire that started in a Chinese restaurant in the centre of Mansfield. 1980s?

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Railway sleepers at the storage depot near Lenton Junction sometime in the 70s. I remember seeing Lenton Flats silhouetted in the glow.

Going back even further to the mid fifties when I was very young. We had been to Central Market where my Dad bought an apple tree (a Cox) and when we emerged there was a massive commotion nearby. It was the council rent office on fire. It was just around the corner then. I might have been young but I well remember huge flames and the firemen holding all these women back who were shouting 'Burn! Burn!.

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From my time in the army, the fire at Chilwell was known as FOFAC. If you needed any kit, the storeman would usually say this. It meant Eff off fire at Chilwell. A more modern variant is FOFAD - Fire at Donnington. No chance of new kit of whatever type.

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Sankey's in Bulwell, the pall of smoke went over north Notts where a load of people collapsed at a jazz band knees-up. Mass hysteria was blamed, or was it the smoke?

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I remember seeing a textile factory fire at Bobbers Mill in the 60s. Made me late for a date!

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Anyone remember the fire at Forest in '68? I wasn't at the match myself, but living at Trent Bridge I can remember the smoke cloud and fire engines. Thankfully no casualties but the Main stand was completely burnt down.

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Big four storey factory fire on Mount Street just above Duke Street Basford sometime in the 50s. A good few years later the factory on the corner of Mount Street and Gladstone Street went the same way.

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Not sure, but there was serious damage. I was a County fan and Forest played their home matches there until the stand was rebuilt.

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My boyfriend (now husband) and I were watching Forest in the stand when it caught fire. It was the day we became officially engaged and we think it might have been our burning passion that ignited it.

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I was there too. Playing Leeds United.

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Bedford TK pump 999 STV,    Commer ET, RTV 999,    Dennis F12 Pump Escape, UAU 999. 

 

The F12 still exists, an enthusiast in the Sunderland area has it. First machine I ever went to a fire in, early July 1968.

 

Great days, great days...……..wipes a tear...…..

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Might be of interest to someone

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Mrs P at the side of engine

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Rog

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Lincolnshire fire aid,Derbyshire fire brigade, what's the difference?

 

Mrs P with another one

 

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Rog

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First one, the grey one, is a Fordson 7V escape carrying unit, around 1940/42. Ford V8 side valve. Grey paint used to show they were part of the Defence of the Realm equipment, rather than the "red engines" of the main fire brigades..

 

Used to own one for a few years when I was really into WW2 stuff (AFS and NFS). Quite rare now.

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Here's one for you Ian, not one I've worked on though, Ruston Bucyrus 52B 52 ton on steam shovel, difference between shovel and excavator/digger is shovel buckets face forward and excavators/diggers face back towards the cab, but you probably knew that anyway, think I've got a couple more pics somewhere,I'll find em out

 

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Rog

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10RB, 10 ton Drag line, worked on them some years ago, 3 cylinder long stroke Ruston engine, re-built one once and when I fired it up the engine ran that smooth and slow it puffed smoke rings out of the stack, lovely memories, can tell you some tales about quarry life

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Try to imagine sitting in the cab next to the clutch bands and wheels spinning and all that dust coming off them,plus the engine is just behind you,hot oil  and exhaust fumes

 

Rog

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Got a call from the quarry face some year back now telling me the 22 (22 ton Ruston Bucyrus face shovel) wouldn't start, this was just after the morning breaktime, driver said he suspected some muck in the engine,so off I went with the relevant tools for cleaning fuel traps, air intakes etc, it was about half a mile walk to the face, when I got there I asked the driver where it was, over there he pointed, bloody thing was only buried under the face wasn't it, the face had collapsed while he was having his lunch break,he never tracked the machine away from the face, he was right about one thing though, there was muck in the engine and everywhere else for that matter

 

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A bus driver once asked in the depot where his conductor was ? He's in the loo was the reply. He was, he had crashed a bus in to the ladies loo, trying to be helpful & bring the bus down the depot on a wet slippery depot floor !

Thankfully there were no ladies in there at the time powdering their noses !

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