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Brigade: 'Strike had no impact on response to flat blaze'

London Fire Brigade has said that investigations into a death following fire in Hornsey last night indicate its response to the blaze was not impacted by last night's firefighter strike.

Based on early investigations into this death, it is not believed that the strike made any difference to the outcome.

It does not appear that neither the contingency fire crews, nor LFB's own crews had they not bee non strike, would have reached him in time and have successfully rescued him.

– London Fire Brigade spokesperson

The four hour strike was staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) between 6pm and 10pm, the sixth period of industrial action staged by the FBU.

Over the four hour period the Brigade’s 999 control officers received 88 calls including:

  • six dwelling fires, including a fire in a flat above a shop on Fencepiece Road in Ilford and a first floor flat in Millwall
  • two building fires
  • two calls to people shut in lifts, one of whom had been released before crews had arrived
  • four false alarms

Read: Man dies in blaze as firefighters tackle flat fire

Fire Brigade urges takeaway meals during strikes

The London Brigade has urged people to buy takeaway food during the strike if they had been drinking at Christmas events to reduce the threat of kitchen fires.

PA. 17928713 Firefighters strike Members of the Fire Brigades Union approach the gates to Downing Street, London in October. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FBU members have now taken strike action five times in recent months in protest at changes to pensions and their retirement age, which the union argues threatens older firefighters with losing their jobs or having reduced pensions.

The union said firefighters in their late 50s face the prospect of being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by almost half.

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Firefighters to strike for second time in two days

Firefighters in England and Wales will strike for the second time in two days as part of their long-running row with the Government over pensions.

Firefighters are to strike again. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will mount picket lines from 6pm to 10pm - with the threat of further action in the new year.It comes just hours after a similar strike ended at 10pm last night.

Fire Brigade: Get a takeaway when we strike

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London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union is on strike.

The service says young, well-educated, professionals cause more than a quarter of all accidental house fires in the capital, often by attempting to cook at home when drunk. This greatly increases the risk of someone having a serious fire which could destroy their home or, even worse, kill them

Brigade figures show:

• Two fires a day happen after Londoners have been drinking.

• One in four people who die in a fire has alcohol in their system.

• Three quarters of alcohol related fires are caused by cooking under the influence.

• Over half of these fires happen because someone has fallen asleep.

Latest strike by firefighters in London comes to an end

The latest strike by firefighters in London is drawing to a close. Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out for four hours from 10am - the fourth stoppage in recent weeks.

Firefighters at Euston Fire station Credit: PA Wire

The union fears firemen and women will lose their jobs if they fail fitness tests as part of changes to the pension age from 55 to 60.

The strike ends at 2pm Credit: PA Wire

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: ""The Government has worsened its proposals which has only hardened attitudes among firefighters. We are determined to dig in for the long haul."

Edmonton warehouse fire

Fire crews are battling a blaze at an industrial estate in Edmonton.

100 firefighters have been trying to control the flames on Advent Way in Upper Edmonton since 3am. 15 fire engines from at least eight boroughs are at the scene.

Fire crews battling to put out a fire at a warehouse in Edmonton Credit: Paul Wood

Station Manager John Tovey said: “The fire is affecting a range of single storey industrial units and crews are working really hard to get it under control.

“Fortunately the buildings on fire are located on an industrial estate and are away from any residential properties “

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New firefighters strike announced for next Wednesday

Firefighters are to hold another strike next Wednesday - and have also been balloted on further industrial action.

The fire brigades union leader Matt Wrack tweeted:

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FBU strike: strike action called for Wednesday 13 November between 10am and 2pm. Also notice of second ballot for other forms of action.

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