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Atherstone on Stour fatal fire - 10 years on

It's 10 years since four Warwickshire firefighters were killed tackling a warehouse blaze in Atherstone on Stour.

On the night of November 2nd 2007, crews were called to a fire at a vegetable packing plant in the south of the county.

Teams went into the building - but the fire quickly got out of control and the roof collapsed.

Watch manager Ian Reid from Rugby was pulled out but died in hospital.

The bodies of three of his colleagues - John Averis based in Stratford and Darren Yates-Badley and Ashley Stephens from Alcester - were found inside 4 days later.


It was a tragedy which affected the county greatly - with thousands of people turning out for their funerals.

Every year in the decade that's passed, firefighters stop their work at 7.28 pm - the time crews were called to the fire - and observe two minutes silence to remember their fallen comrades.

A memorial service is being held at St Mary's Church in Warwick to mark the anniversary.



WATCH : Touch FM speak to Paul Stephens, father of Ashley on the 10 year anniversary

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