Plaque for seven firefighters who died in Glasgow blaze 5 decades ago will be unveiled

A red plaque commemorating seven firefighters who died in a fire in Glasgow 50 years ago is to be unveiled.

Andrew Quinn, Alistair Crofts, Iain Bermingham, Allan Finlay, William Hooper, Duncan McMillan and James Rook were responding to a warehouse fire on Kilbirnie Street when they were killed after a ceiling collapsed while trying to save Rook, who was trapped.

It was one of the highest fatalities for the British fire and rescue services in a single peacetime incident.

The plaque is part of a nationwide red plaque program run by the firefighters union and funded by the Firefighters 100 lottery, aimed at commemorating firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The memorial to the victims of the Kilbirnie Street fire.

The unveiling takes place at the site of the Kilbirnie Street fire on Sunday August 28, three days after the 50th anniversary of the incident, from 1.30pm.

Members of the public wishing to attend are welcome.

Ben Selby (Vice-Chairman of the FBU), Colin Brown (FBU Executive Council Member for Scotland), Ross Haggart (Chief of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) and Bailie Norman MacLeod (Glasgow City Council) will take speak at the unveiling and pay tribute to the sacrifice of the seven deceased firefighters.

Seona Hart, FBU Scotland Regional Treasurer, said: “This incident was a tragedy that had a huge impact on the firefighters and the local community. The plaque will help us all remember the tremendous sacrifice these firefighters made to keep the public safe.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line and their selfless work to protect others deserves to be remembered. The Red Plaque Scheme plays an important role for the loved ones of firefighters who have died in the line of duty, so that their sacrifices are not forgotten, as well as sharing their stories with the community.