Fire rages behind Carshalton shops after strike action hampers response

VIDEO: Fire rages behind Carshalton shops after strike action hampers response

The fire burns behind the bakery (picture: Peter Romanov)

Smoke fills the High Street (pic: @carshaltonB2B via Twitter)

Fire crews in the High Street (pic: @carshaltonB2B via Twitter)

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Strike action meant a fire behind shops in Carshalton High Street was able to burn for more than 20 minutes before crews arrived.

The fire, which broke out behind the Village Bakers at about 12.15pm on Saturday, spread to neighbouring shops and caused large amounts of damage although no-one was hurt.

It started during strike action from the Fire Brigade's Union meaning emergency fire contingency crews were the first to arrive on the scene but they took 20 minutes to get there.

Video of the fire taken by Sie Evans

Following the end of the strike at 1pm, 35 firefighters from Purley, Croydon, Wallington, Mitcham and Norbury fire stations came to battle the blaze.

The fire was under control by 2.50pm and the cause is under investigation.  

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2:52pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Niki R says...

Yet in your latest story the bakery owner praises the fire fighters who attended and doused the fire...
Yet in your latest story the bakery owner praises the fire fighters who attended and doused the fire... Niki R
  • Score: 5

10:37pm Mon 21 Jul 14

chriswp says...

If you don't support your local Fire Service this is the sort of time scale of attendance you will get in the future. Close the fire station or lose an appliance this will be the result.

If you live out in the shires this is the sort of timescale they have to wait.
Still the government allows it.
No problem there then !!!
If you don't support your local Fire Service this is the sort of time scale of attendance you will get in the future. Close the fire station or lose an appliance this will be the result. If you live out in the shires this is the sort of timescale they have to wait. Still the government allows it. No problem there then !!! chriswp
  • Score: 8

6:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Jack_Soffalot says...

I personally think that any firefighter who strikes should go to prison for endangering peoples lives. They signed up for this job to save peoples lives and then they strike when they're not happy, putting us all in danger. Do they realise that some countries do this job voluntarily?!! Our childish firefighters have a tantrum because of the jobs benefits being cut or Boris upsets them. I know loads of people that would love that job as it is, because they haven't got a job or saving people's lives is there goal in life, so move aside strikers and find something else to do if you're not happy. If I went on strike in my job because of pay/pension/politics
, I'd lose it, and poeples lives aren't dependant on me.
I personally think that any firefighter who strikes should go to prison for endangering peoples lives. They signed up for this job to save peoples lives and then they strike when they're not happy, putting us all in danger. Do they realise that some countries do this job voluntarily?!! Our childish firefighters have a tantrum because of the jobs benefits being cut or Boris upsets them. I know loads of people that would love that job as it is, because they haven't got a job or saving people's lives is there goal in life, so move aside strikers and find something else to do if you're not happy. If I went on strike in my job because of pay/pension/politics , I'd lose it, and poeples lives aren't dependant on me. Jack_Soffalot
  • Score: -16

11:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

trojan says...

Jack, these firefighters are striking for changes to their pensions, changes which mean they have to work longer before retirement, for less money.
We should be supporting these brave men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis!
If you would be sacked for striking, I would consider a new profession and / or take legal action
Jack, these firefighters are striking for changes to their pensions, changes which mean they have to work longer before retirement, for less money. We should be supporting these brave men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis! If you would be sacked for striking, I would consider a new profession and / or take legal action trojan
  • Score: 0

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