Firefighters' families win compensation

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The relatives of two firefighters that were killed in an explosion have won a High Court compensation fight.

A judge at the London court said the families survived by Geoff Wicker, fireman and Brian Wembridge, fire service video technician, are entitled to damages.

Both the men died in a fatal accident when fireworks stored in a steel shipping container exploded at a farm in East Sussex in December 2006.

Bosses had originally denied liability, but it has now been ruled by a judge that failings in the operation to put out the dangerous fire contributed to the duo's death.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of The Fire Brigades Union, said: "Common sense and justice have prevailed. Although the ruling cannot undo Geoff or Brian's tragic deaths, firefighters can be relieved that their employers cannot merely renounce their duty of care as had been argued."

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has said it will review the compensation ruiling.

By Francesca Witney