Cheapside Street memorial held

NINETEEN men killed in a major warehouse fire more than 50 years ago were remembered at a ceremony yesterday.

A sudden explosion killed 14 firefighters and five salvage corps members tackling a blaze at the Arbuckle, Smith and Co whisky bond in Glasgow on 28 March, 1960.

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The incident became known as the Cheapside Street disaster and remains the worst peacetime tragedy in the history of the UK fire service.

A memorial service was held at the Necropolis, overlooking Glasgow Cathedral. It was addressed by chief fire officer Brian Sweeney.