The industrial heritage of the city certainly increased the chances of fire in the late 20th century. Leeds Kirkgate Market was devastated by fire in 1975 and numerous warehouses and mills over the decades have succumbed to flames fed by the textiles that made the city famous. The antidote to all these calamities has been the intrepid Leeds Fire Brigade who have run towards danger to tackle blaze and accident ever since their beginning in 1860. Small children in the 1970s may have thought it was all “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.” But in fact the reality was a lot more serious. READ MORE: The night Kirkgate Market was devastated by fire LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook
12 memories of Leeds Fire Brigade down the decades
These photos turn back the clock to celebrate the lifesaving work of Leeds Fire Brigade down the decades.
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