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The families of two firefighters killed in a fireworks explosion have won a High Court compensation fight with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
Firefighters' deaths: Interview with Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades' Union.
Relatives of two firefighters, killed in a fireworks explosion, have won a High Court compensation fight. Interview with the families' solicitor Gerald Stilliard.
Relatives of two firefighters killed in a fireworks explosion have won a High Court compensation fight with a fire brigade. A judge said families of fireman Geoff Wicker and fire service video technician Brian Wembridge were entitled to damages from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
Video shows the full extent of the explosion and blaze.
Video: Chief Fire Officer in East Sussex, Des Prichard, describes the effect of the tragedy on his colleagues. He also talks about today's judgement.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will 'carefully review' today’s High Court ruling on compensation following the Marlie Farm fire and fatal explosion.
Two long-serving members of ESFRS, Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge, lost their lives while attending the incident at Shortgate near Lewes, on December 3rd 2006
They lost their lives in the name of duty - killed when a factory packed with fireworks exploded as they fought a fire inside. The families of two firefighters, killed at a fireworks factory in Sussex six years ago, are taking legal action against East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
They claim the service was negligent and exposed the men to unnecessary risk. The court heard that the deaths of Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge was a 'catastrophe that could easily have been avoided'.
Just in: the court has ruled in the families' favour. More shortly.