The fire had rapidly involved the whole of the rear of the premises in which there was stored twenty ambulances, and other vehicles, together with a petrol pump and tank containing 750 gallons of petrol.The intense heat caused the light steel roof trusses to expand and in the early stages the rear portion of the roof collapsed.
On discovery of the outbreak, the three ambulance drivers on the premises had been able to remove six ambulances which were garaged near the front entrance, but the vehicles housed in the rear of the premises where the outbreak had originated were trapped and all were rapidly involved by fire and severely damaged.
A subsequent investigation revealed that whilst a sitting case ambulance carrier was being filled with petrol by one of the ambulance drivers, an overflow of petrol occurred. It appears from the information from this driver that when he attempted to move the vehicle from the filling point, upon pressing the self-starter, a fire occurred beneath the vehicle, but how the petrol vapour became ignited is difficult to establish.
The great team at Toxteth after finishing the last shift at Upper Stanhope Street 1982.
From left to right:-
Cliff Calland, Nora Mannion, Paul Crosswood, Marie Boyes, Mike Jackson, Bobby Graham, Terry Gorman, Dave Taylor, Charlie Palmer, Vinnie Seddon, Brian Fullerton, John Main, Ross Walsh..