Hamish Petitt

Hamish Petitt

Hamish lost his life in the line of duty on the 13th December 1974 when attending a fire at the Worsley Hotel in Maida Vale, London. His Red Plaque was unveiled on the 13th December 2021.

On the night of Thursday 12th December 1974, two separate fires were deliberately lit at the Worsley Hotel. It became a significant fire and 40 fire engines ultimately attended the scene. Hamish attended the fire with Red Watch from Paddington fire station. On arrival at the scene, Hamish and his colleague had found over 30 people trapped by smoke and screaming for rescue from windows of the six floor building. Part of the roof suddenly collapsed into the sixth floor of the building bringing down parts of each floor into the second floor, where Hamish unfortunately was. Six other residents died during the fire. The incident was the first major incident dealt with by the control room at Wembley since the computerised mobilising system was commissioned and had gone live that week.

Hamish is remembered by his family, friends, colleagues, and brothers and sisters in the FBU. His Red Plaque is located at Connaught House, 11 Clifton Gardens, Maida Vale.



Photo credits: Mark Thomas

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