– Graeme Smith, Chief Fire Officer, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
“For legal reasons, I can only comment on the case of Watch Manager Simmons. All I can say right now is that I’ve listened to the evidence in Court for several weeks and this is undoubtedly the right outcome.
“My thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of the firefighters who lost their lives in the Atherstone-on-Stour fire, indeed with all those involved in this tragedy.”
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service say they are looking into what caused the loud bang heard across the region at about 18.10 this evening.
Reports of the mysterious noise have come from across the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.