Yearly Archives: 1975

August 1975

Epitaph of a Firehall

August 22nd, 1975|

London’s oldest fire station is now an empty boarded-up building at 160 Bruce St.

July 1975

Transformer fire disrupts London

July 25th, 1975|

An explosion and fire in a key transformer station crippled downtown London Thursday, causing loss of business, disruption and inconvenience.

Middlesex computerizes Radio system to link firehalls

July 2nd, 1975|

For the first time, all rural firehalls, now on independent radio systems, will be able to communicate with each other and with London.

June 1975

Bruce Street loses family friend

June 1st, 1975|

Old No. 3 firehall on Bruce Street has been boarded up after serving its neighborhood since 1880.

May 1975

‘Uncles’ all gone

May 27th, 1975|

By Sam McLeod of The Free Press

Many a fond memory is all that’s left to reflect upon for five-year-old Mary Rogers and hundreds of other children who lived in the Bruce Street area of London.  Monday, the fire station closed the doors and the men moved to the new Westmount station.  Over the years […]

Anti-vandal device

May 27th, 1975|

The new No. 3 firehall on Commissioners Road near Wonderland Road won’t be opening for another month.

London lawyer, 74, dies in fire

May 20th, 1975|

Gerald M. Purcell, 74, a London lawyer died of smoke inhalation Saturday in a fire in his seventh-storey apartment at 396 Queens Avenue.

City firefighter burned rescuing trapped woman

May 20th, 1975|

London firefighter Jack Garfat saved the life of a Grace Street woman early today and was badly burned himself.

Diary of truck crash

May 19th, 1975|

Many involved in highway drama
Diary of truck crash: 10:25 p.m., May 16

At 10:24 p.m., Friday, Muhammad Ali and Ron Lyle were waltzing in a Las Vegas boxing ring, attendants at Thames Valley Ambulance in London were watching on their color television set, fire fighters at the central firehall were settling in for another overnight […]

April 1975

Years of work

April 22nd, 1975|

Fire investigators were at the Smith home today, trying to determine the cause of the fire and get an accurate assessment of damage – estimated at $25,000.

March 1975

Burnt Gear

March 10th, 1975|

Capt. Frank Bell holds a helmet and coat melted and burned in the intense heat of an apartment fire Sunday at 131 Sackville St., where a young Toronto woman was found dead. The boots were also burned. Capt. Bell and Firefighter Pat Darcey suffered burns trying to get into the apartment. (Rick Eglinton - The London Free Press)

Fierce fire in duplex kills UWO student

March 10th, 1975|

Capt. Bell, Firefighter Darcey and O’Brien were engulfed by flame and smoke as they tried to rescue a UWO student.

February 1975

Use of Fire Chief’s Car

February 15th, 1975|

January 1975

Firefighters rescue unconscious couple

January 29th, 1975|

By Eric Bender of The Free Press

An elderly couple was pulled unconscious from their burning Dufferin Avenue home Wednesday night after firefighters broke down the front door and fought their way through heavy smoke.

Charles Jackson, 88, deaf from a First World War wound, and his wife Beatrice, 68, were found on the main floor […]