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LCC-LFB Aftermath of a warehouse fire, Palmers Wharf

Stacked bales of goods affected by heat and water following a fire at Palmers Wharf, Prince Street, Deptford, SE London

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1963 Aftermath Bales Damage Damaged Deptford Destruction Goods Heat Palmers Rubble Stacked Warehouse Wharf Firefighting


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In the heart of Deptford, SE London, the aftermath of a devastating warehouse fire at Palmers Wharf unfolds in this evocative photograph from the London Fire Brigade's archives. The image, taken in 1963 during the 1960s, captures the destruction left behind in the wake of the blaze that engulfed the warehouse on Prince Street. The photograph reveals a scene of utter devastation, with rubble and debris scattered haphazardly across the street. The once-sturdy walls of the warehouse now lie in ruins, their remnants reduced to charred timbers and crumbling bricks. The fire's intensity is evident in the scorched remains of the building, as well as in the stacked bales of goods that have been affected by both the heat and the water used by the firefighters to extinguish the flames. The London Fire Brigade, a vital part of the city's emergency services, played a crucial role in containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to nearby buildings. The brave firefighters can be seen in the background, clad in their iconic uniforms and working tirelessly to put out the last remnants of the fire. Despite the destruction, there is a sense of order amidst the chaos, with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles parked neatly along the street. The image serves as a poignant reminder of the power of fire and the essential role that the London Fire Brigade plays in protecting the city and its people. This photograph, taken over six decades ago, offers a glimpse into the past and the challenges that the city and its emergency services faced during a time of crisis. It also underscores the importance of preserving historical records, such as those held by the London Fire Brigade and the Mary Evans Picture Library, for future generations to learn from and appreciate.

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