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29th Anniversary of Bradford City fire disaster which took 56 lives

This day 29 years ago 56 people lost their lives after a fire broke out at the Bradford City stadium.

A general view of a fire damaged wall

A general view of a fire damaged wall outside the ground in the wake of the disaster at Bradford City Football Club in Bradford, England

Today marks the day when one of worst fire disasters occurred during a league match between Bradford City and Lincoln City at the Bradford City stadium 29 years ago where 56 people lost their lives, while 265 were injured.

It all started from a small fire which was reported by TV commentator John Helm, but before anything could have been done, the fire spread throughout the whole stand within five minutes.

Following the mishap, an inquiry committee chaired by Sir Oliver Popplewell brought new measures to improve safety standards at football grounds in the United Kingdom which included the banning of new wooden stands.

The Football Association posted a special message on their website while remembering the 1985 Bradford City stadium disaster.

“The Football Association sends its sincere condolences to those families and friends affected by the tragedy. Today, 29 years on, we remember that day,” they wrote.

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