Bradford city fire

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The truth is, that he dropped a cigarette and he was quite unequivocal about it. He was helped out of the stand by other fans and spent a period of time in hospital. Investigators reconstructed the seating area at a police station to work out who sat where. The subsequent Taylor Report led to radical change, and the much safer stadiums we see today — including the elimination of standing-only terraces. An inquiry launched in the aftermath of the disaster led to legislation to improve safety at football grounds. In buildings research, as much as two-thirds of the time it takes people to exit a building after an alarm is start-up time — time wasted in looking for more information, or not taking the alarm seriously. Police officers also assisted in the rescue attempts. And this would be weighing on his mind for the rest of his life. Footage of the accident at this point shows levels of confusion among the spectators — while many were trying to escape or to cross the pitch to the relative safety of the neighbouring stands, other spectators were observed cheering or waving to the still-rolling pitchside cameras. It seemed to put it out. The local council was deemed to be one third responsible. Stadium design has come a long way in the past few decades, driven by new regulations to deliver a new generation of safer stadiums.

He had travelled from Australia with his nephew. The detectives eventually tracked down all the survivors apart from two men who had been visiting from Australia. Elsewhere in Britain, only the 66 deaths at Ibrox Stadium in Scotland 14 years earlier had seen a higher death toll.

The documentary is being shown a day after more than 1, people gathered in Bradford city centre to mark the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.

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The lack of perimeter fencing kept the death toll down, and prevented it from reaching the hundreds or potentially the thousands. Mr Tordoff described Mr Heginbotham as a "likeable rogue" but added that Stafford "would not do anything like that.

It transpired that the wooden stand had already been condemned and was set to be demolished just two days after the tragedy. Occupancy: Members of public. And this would be weighing on his mind for the rest of his life.

The subsequent Taylor Report led to radical change, and the much safer stadiums we see today — including the elimination of standing-only terraces. We supplied elements to both the London Olympic main stadium and the adjacent ArcelorMittal Orbit, the metre high observation tower.

He later said: "I have never known anything like it, either before, or since.

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After Hillsborough, and the Taylor Report, clubs in the top two divisions were required to have all-seater stadiums while pitchside fencing was removed and CCTV cameras introduced. He said he smoked a cigarette, dropped the cigarette onto the floor in front of him, went to put his foot on it, but it had unfortunately dropped through, he said, a knot hole. Some of those who died were still sitting upright in their seats, covered by remnants of tarpaulin that had fallen from the roof. Mr Falconer said: "He said he'd been at the match, he'd been sat in the stand, right where we knew the seat of the fire had taken place. More than people were taken to hospital following the blaze, many with terrible injuries. The blaze ripped through the wooden structure in just a few minutes as Bradford City played Lincoln City in an end-of-season match, leaving many fans unable to get out. Since these claims emerged, there have been calls for police to reinvestigate the fire. Or not relevant. A retired detective has told the BBC how officers worked out it was a man visiting from Australia called Eric Bennett who accidentally started the fire but a decision was taken at the time not to release his name. We supplied elements to both the London Olympic main stadium and the adjacent ArcelorMittal Orbit, the metre high observation tower.

A minute later he saw a small plume of smoke so he poured his coffee on it and so did his son.

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Bradford City stadium fire: ‘Police were to blame’ for most life lost in tragedy