Coventry & Warwickshire

Atherstone-on-Stour blaze: Two-minute silence for firefighters

Clockwise from top left: Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, Ian Reid, John Averis
Image caption The men who died were Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, Ian Reid and John Averis

A two-minute silence has been held in memory of four firefighters who died tackling a Warwickshire warehouse blaze five years ago.

Ian Reid, Ashley Stephens, John Averis, and Darren Yates-Badley, died after the fire at Atherstone Industrial Estate, on 2 November 2007.

Fire service staff in Warwickshire observed the silence at 19:28 GMT, the time when crews were called.

In May, three fire bosses were cleared of manslaughter over the deaths.

Flags on fire stations will fly at half-mast during the commemorations for the men who died.

The bodies of Mr Stephens, Mr Averis and Mr Yates-Badley were found in the charred remains of the factory. Ian Reid died in hospital after the fire.

Twenty-year-old Mr Stephens and Mr Yates-Badley, 24, were based at Alcester fire station.

Mr Reid, 44, and Mr Averis, 27, were based at Stratford-upon-Avon.

The memorial comes after incident commanders Timothy Woodward and Adrian Ashley and fire service officer Paul Simmons were cleared of responsibility for the men's deaths.

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