Kings cross fire


At 19:30 on 18 November 1987 firefighters were called to a fire at Kings Cross tube station in the UK. It took 150 firemen 5 hours to combat the fire, which claimed 31 lives.

Fatalities

  • Betty Afua Agyapong – student
  • Terence Alonzo Best – local authority employee
  • Mark David Bryant – cold store supervisor
  • Andy Burdett – office worker
  • Elizabeth Norma Byers – schoolteacher
  • Treena Chappell – bank employee
  • Dean T. Cottle – schoolboy (aged 7)
  • Susheila Nirmala Cottle – housewife
  • Sarah Dearden – financial journalist
  • Neville Harold Eve – office worker
  • Jane Alison Fairey – stockbroker
  • Natalie Angela Falco – widow
  • Alexander Fallon – unidentified until 2004
  • Jonathan Redvers George – engineer
  • Kuttalam Govindarajan – manager, bureau de change
  • Graham David Hall – company director
  • Michael Holden – local authority employee
  • Ralph Humberstone – temporary worker
  • Bernadette Frances Kearney – auxiliary nurse
  • Michael Anthony Keegan – materials controller
  • Mohammed Shoaib Khan – student
  • Marco Liberati – student
  • Philip Geoffrey Marks – architect
  • Laurence Vincent Moran – musician
  • Lawrence Sonny Newcombe – staff nurse
  • Stephen Alan Parsons – installations manager
  • Christopher W. Roome – stockbroker
  • Rai Mohabib Singh – assistant manager
  • John Fitzgerald Joseph St Prix – self-employed painter and decorator
  • Ivan Tarassenko – musician
  • Colin James Townsley – London Fire Brigade station officer

The fire led to drastic changes in the layout of train stations an improvements in technology that is used to monitor crowd control.

It is believed the fire was started by a cigarette / match falling between the gap in an escalator not a wooden rail. It’s interesting to note that the escallators which effectively pumped air upwards acted (due to piston effect of trains arriving and leaving)  resulted in flames at the top that were several thousand degrees c.

The smoke was also  a major contributor to the fire causing confusion and suffocation. I wonder if the person that tossed the match realizes how many people he/she killed. I mention it because simple silly things can so easily get screwed up and become deadly fast. I mention it because there were 2 black guys sat on the train station smoking tonight.

For more info on the disaster look here.

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7 Comments

  1. Paul

     /  October 5, 2013

    My friend Bernie Kearney died in this fire. Still seems like yesterday. She was so beautiful.

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    • Christopher

       /  November 18, 2013

      Hi Paul, so sorry to hear your friend passed in that terrible fire. Apart from the fire fighter thst passed away and the mystery of body 115 which was discovered there are no photos or pictures of the poor souls who lost their lives on that terrible day. Do you by any chance have a photo of your friend? I remember the fire when I was 4 years old and up to now its always been names without faces. And for some particular reason Kings Cross fire always haunted me.

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  2. Paul

     /  January 30, 2014

    Susheila & her son Dean were with Susheilas, Brother Rai .
    They had been to see deans Brother in Gt Ormond street Hospital
    & were on their way home ,

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  3. Marianne

     /  July 5, 2015

    I was friends with Bernie as well, in fact we were sharing a house at the time. Its hard to believe it was so long ago. My eldest daughter was born on the seventh anniversary of the fire and I named her Sinead Bernadette after Bernie.

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  4. Wayne

     /  August 12, 2015

    My friend lawrance moran died in this fire. Still think of him

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  5. paul

     /  November 19, 2015

    My friend Rai his Sister Susheila & Her son Dean, died that night .

    It wasnt just a disgarded match that caused the fire . The build up of rubbish in the room underneath the escalators was so bad
    That it helped allow the grease & the match combined with the Rubbish build up to accelerate the fire .

    To blame one person for this tragedy is a little bit unfair .

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  6. Ive not logged into my wordpress in quite a while and i have to admit having found the comments that were posted i felt a little embarrassed i haven’t been here – They are kind of humbling. My heart really does go out to all those that suffered loss.

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