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Blaze disaster hero James dies aged 85.

Byline: SALLY HIND

A FIRE hero who tackled Scotland's deadliest blaze has died aged 85.

James Dunlop was awarded the George Medal for his bravery during the Cheapside Street disaster, which killed 19 people in Glasgow in 1960.

He was called to the whisky bond blaze on his first day as a qualified fireman. The dad-of-two drove the turntable ladder on the fire engine. But an explosion then blew out the walls, killing 14 firemen and five members of the salvage corps.

James rescued colleague James Watters, who was left hanging from the turntable ladder by his safety belt, by lowering the ladder despite the flames roaring around him.

James attended the 50th anniversary of the disaster, laying a wreath to his colleagues.

The Fire Brigades Union said James "displayed all the heroic characteristics the public expect from the men and women who serve. He'll be sadly missed".

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TRIBUTE James laying a wreath to his fallen colleagues in 2010.

BRAVE James, centre, with colleagues after the blaze - the worst in Scotland - in 1960

HORROR BLAZE The scene of the fire in Glasgow in 1960

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Date:Oct 17, 2014
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