Shirley Towers report

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has published its final investigation report into the deaths of two firefighters in Southampton in 2010.

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Shirley Towers fatal fire report calls for sprinklers in all residential high rises

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling for all residential tower blocks in the country to be fitted with sprinkler systems - after the death of two of the service's firemen.

Alan Bannon and James Shears died in the blaze at Shirley Towers in April 2010. Following their own investigation into the incident the fire service also says measures to make tower blocks safer are not being implemented quickly enough.

The interviewees in Martin Dowse's report are: John Bonney, the Chief Officer of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service; Lin Trott, Alan Bannon's sister; Nick Cross, the Head of Housing for Southampton City Council; and Dave Curry the Director of the Chief Fire Officers' Association.

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Firefighters release 'painful' Shirley Towers report

The fire at Shirley Towers, Southampton, in 2010 killed two firefighters. Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has published its final report into the deaths of two firefighters in Southampton in 2010.

St Mary's firefighters James Shears and Alan Bannon lost their lives while tackling a blaze at Shirley Towers in April of that year.

An inquest into their deaths last year returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

The publication of the final report, which details the events of the incident and shares the service's recommendations and findings, marks the end of Hampshire's official investigation process.

Chief Officer John Bonney said: "The release of our final investigation report into Shirley Towers represents a significant landmark for us.

"The investigation work that has taken place in the last three years since the incident has required us to be open and honest with ourselves and this has at times been painful and challenging.

"But it was vital to ensure that we were able to learn from the event so that the safety of the public, as well as firefighters, could be improved."

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