Monday, January 13, 2014


In 1978, a fire believed to have started in a chip pan roared out of control at the Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow and overwhelmed poorly equipped military crews covering for striking firemen. 

The sailors and marines argued they could have stopped the flames sooner had they been equipped with turntable ladders rather than antiquated "Green Goddess" reserve engines.

Two sailors had a narrow escape when the kitchen ceiling collapsed, according to The Herald.