Firefighters face arrest over warehouse deaths

Scapegoats for Warwickshire Fire Service failings?? What about those at the top? also what about training methods used in recruit training etc? 8O

Several firefighters are facing arrest over a warehouse fire in Warwickshire in which four of their colleagues were killed, a union has said.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said it had been told three will be questioned under caution over allegations of gross negligence manslaughter.

The blaze happened in Atherstone-on-Stour in November 2007. All four firemen killed were from Warwickshire.

A joint police and Health and Safety Executive inquiry is taking place.

Told by letter

The bodies of Ashley Stephens, 20, John Averis, 27, and Darren Yates-Badley, 24, were found inside the remains of the building, a vegetable packing plant, days after the fire.

Ian Reid, 44, died in hospital.

The FBU said three members of Warwickshire Fire Service had been told, by letter, to attend a police station in Warwickshire where they will be arrested and interviewed under caution.
postman_twit said:
Last time I checked, s*** still flows downhill but the report doesn't mention the ranks/appointments of those concerned.

The artice hints maybe lower ranks involved? :?

" FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said it was important for families and colleagues of those who died to establish what happened and that lessons be learnt from the incident.

But he added he was concerned that people were being arrested "when other key players have not even been interviewed".

"Evidence from our own ongoing investigation suggests there may be systemic failings," he said. "