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Monday, 3 February, 2003, 03:02 GMT
The firefighters' strike by region
London East England East Midlands South East South West Wales West Midlands North West Yorkshire & Humberside North East Northern Ireland Scotland

Events listed on this map refer to the 48 hour strike beginning on 1 February.

East England

Military crews have released woman trapped when her car collided with a crash barrier near the A43/A45 roundabout in Northampton. The victim sustained a broken arm, as well as possible neck and spinal injuries.

East Midlands

A woman stuck in a lift in Essex for four hours on Saturday afternoon was freed by troops standing in for the striking fire fighters.

A green goddess was called to help at a shop in Harlow - after engineers failed to get her out.


Troops were called to a blaze at Croydon in south London, on Saturday morning.

It had been raging through the night and soldiers took over from fire fighters at 0850 GMT, 10 minutes before the start of the strike.

Fire Service Minister Nick Raynsford visited troops at Chelsea Barracks in London to thank them for the way they have stood in for striking firefighters.

Northern Ireland

A group of police officers rescued a couple from an eighth-floor flat in Larne in County Antrim after a fire broke out at 0540GMT on Sunday.

The three officers helped the two people to safety and put out the fire.

The couple were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Retained firefighters also attended the scene.

There were 29 emergency calls in Northern Ireland between midnight and O600 GMT.

Firefighters handed over to troops at the scene of a blaze at a disused hotel in Donaghadee, Co Down on Saturday morning.

There were fears the hotel was in danger of collapsing from the fire.

The building has been vacant for 18 months.

North East

No major incidents.

North West

No major incidents.


On Sunday military personnel were called to a fire in a warehouse in Grindlay Street Court, in Edinburgh at 0630GMT.

Around 16 residents had to be evacuated from their homes while the fire was tackled by two Red Goddesses and two rescue teams.

It is unclear how the blaze began but it is believed to have been contained within the warehouse.

Later, military firefighting crews were called out to a factory fire in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, with early reports indicating millions of pounds worth of stock was saved.

They tackled the blaze at the knitwear manufacturer Laidlaw & Fairgrieve at Thorniebank Industrial Estate. The general secretary of the Fire Brigades' Union, Andy Gilchrist, addressed several thousand marchers at a firefighters' rally in Glasgow on Saturday.

He then visited a picket line in Paisley on Sunday.

South East

No major incidents.

South West

Firemen in Dorset broke their strike to help army replacements rescue eight people trapped in a burning building.

The fire fighters attended the scene in Bournemouth minutes after the picket began at 9am on Saturday morning.

Firemen and army and navy crews took out four people through ground floor windows and used ladders to rescue the others from the first floor. There were no serious injuries.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

A woman died in a blaze at a mobile home on Sunday morning.

Firefighters broke their strike to help troops tackle the fire in Bedminster, Bristol. They discovered the body of a 49-year-old woman inside.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.


Striking firefighters across South Wales abandoned their picket lines on Saturday after being misled into attending a car crash, according to local FBU officials.

They attended an accident in the belief that passengers were trapped.

But when they reached the scene in Pontypridd no-one was trapped and they were asked to wash the road down.

West Midlands

Army and RAF fire fighters tackled a large fire at a Birmingham mattress factory on Saturday.

The blaze at Kozeeworld Limited took two hours to bring under control with gas cylinders and burning metal creating difficulties.

Yorkshire and Humberside

No major incidents.

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