The Bradford Metropolis stadium fireplace was a stadium catastrophe that occurred throughout an English League Third Division fixture between Bradford Metropolis and Lincoln Metropolis on Saturday, 11 Might 1985, killing 56 and injuring at the least 265.
The Valley Parade stadium, long-established dwelling to Bradford Metropolis Soccer Membership, had been famous for its antiquated design and services, together with the picket roof of the principle stand. Warnings had additionally been given a couple of main build-up of litter slightly below the seats. The stand had been formally condemned and was due for demolition.
The match towards Lincoln Metropolis had began in a celebratory ambiance, with the home-team receiving the Soccer League Third Division trophy. At three.40 pm, a small fireplace was reported by TV commentator John Helm, however in lower than 4 minutes, in windy circumstances, it had engulfed the entire stand, trapping some folks of their seats. Within the panic that ensued, fleeing crowds needed to break down locked exits to flee, and lots of have been burnt to dying on the turnstiles, which have been additionally locked. There have been many circumstances of heroism, with greater than fifty folks receiving police awards or commendations.
The catastrophe led to new security requirements in UK soccer grounds, together with the banning of recent picket grandstands.
Bradford Metropolis continues to help the Burns Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary as its official charity. Video Ranking: / 5
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