The Fire Brigade 99 years on

Firefighters at Smithy Heritage Centre
Firefighters at Smithy Heritage Centre
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FIREFIGHTERS were the guests of honour at a special heritage event held 99 years after the St Helens Town Hall fire.

Crews from Eccleston turned out at the Smithy Heritage Centre and invited local youngsters to have a look around a modern fire engine.

Visitors also got the chance to check out a display detailing the history of the St Helens fire brigade and a giant wheel from a horse-drawn fire engine which helped battle the 1913 blaze.

The fire, all those years ago, started in the Town Hall spire after heat from a lamp ignited combustible decorating materials.

Firefighters were quickly in attendance but could not stop the spire from falling through the Town Hall’s roof and destroying the building.

Leila Asoko, a firefighter at Eccleston Community Fire Station, said: “We showed people an old and a new vehicle and had the opportunity to interact with the children.”

Joanne Chamberlain, chief curator at The Smithy Heritage Centre, said: “As a small museum we have to do things that are a little bit different and we thought it would be a good way to commemorate the Town Hall fire.”