29th Anniversary of Bradford City fire disaster which took 56 lives
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.
Today we remember the 56 fans who tragically died in the Bradford City Stadium fire on May 11th 1985. RIP. pic.twitter.com/Khc5sHz0jh
— The Away Fans (@theawayfans) May 11, 2014
29 years ago today, 56 Bradford fans went to a football match & didn’t return home. We will remember them. pic.twitter.com/W26Ydjo2bm
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) May 11, 2014