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Ceremony to mark Cheapside fire

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the whisky bond
The fire service personnel died in an explosion at the whisky bond

A ceremony has taken place to mark the 49th anniversary of the Cheapside fire disaster in Glasgow.

Nineteen members of the fire service died in an explosion while they tackled the blaze at Arbuckle Smith and Company's whisky warehouse in 1960.

The ceremony at Glasgow's Necropolis was attended by veterans of the disaster and other retired firefighters.

A guard of honour was formed by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

The fire on Cheapside Street was the worst peacetime tragedy in the history of the British Fire Service.

A total of 14 firefighters and five salvage corps personnel died in the explosion.

Preparations are already under way to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster next year, with a series of events including a special exhibition.

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