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Isle of Dogs remembers firemen killed in 1969 Dudgeon's Wharf blast

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:09 05 October 2010

A MEMORIAL is being planned for five firemen and a worker killed in an explosion in the London Docks more than 40 years ago. A commemorative plaque is to be put up at Dudgeon's Wharf in memory of the six who died when an oil container blew up in 1969.

By Mike Brooke

A MEMORIAL is being planned for five firemen and a worker killed in an explosion in the London Docks more than 40 years ago.

A commemorative plaque is to be put up at Dudgeon's Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, in memory of the six who died when an oil container blew up in July, 1969. Six more East London firemen were badly injured.

A dedication service is being held on December 11 at the Thames waterfront wharf in Manchester Road, organised by London historian Stephanie Maltman who heads the Firemen Remembered charity with its archive going back to the London Blitz.

The East London Advertiser quoted an eye-witness living opposite: "The explosion rocked our flats. It was just like the Blitz all over again."

The paper reported running to nearby Cubitt Town Primary School to make sure their children were safe.

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