Leeds nostalgia: Fires and firefighting

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Leeds has been by no means a place of regular inferno but 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 set forth to tackle blaze and accident ever since their beginning in the 19th century.

Small children in the 70s may have thought it was all “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.” but in fact the reality was a lot more serious.