With regard to the excellent article on the Bank Line Story in the May 2017 issue of Sea Breezes, I can recall the fire on the Forresbank.
I remember that, in fact, one person died in the fire in the engine room.
According to the BOT report into the loss of the Forresbank, the junior 2nd engineer, Brownlie, had re-entered the engine room via the tunnel door without any breathing apparatus in thick smoke and intense heat. He located the greaser, Sultan Ahmedi, by the gleam of his electric torch, grabbed him by the hand and pulled him out via the tunnel door.
The 5th engineer, Robert Walter Paul, entered the engine room wearing a smoke helmet and penetrated almost to the for’d bulkhead, but was unable to locate the ‘donkeyman’ Assad Ali. Paul had to be pulled out of the engine room since the bellows were delivering smoke laden air to his smoke helmet.
12 Ta’ Monita, Marsascala