News of the World 12/05/85: Human Fireball

Attached to this posting is the News of the World report from the day after the Bradford City Fire. Their report occupies the News of the World Coverfront page as well as pages 2,3 and 4. In typical News of the World fashion the reporting style is quite blunt and aims for shock tactic headlines.

The report includes some interesting quotes from people who were there at the Bradford City fire, including teacher Alan Hargrave, 28, from Withington, Manchester who told reporters ‘I saw at least two bodies, still on their seats. I saw bodies by the turnstiles, but I couldn’t say how many. People were panicking and meeting locked-doors.’

Also this from lifelong Bradford City supporter Geoff Mitchell: ‘I don’t know how I got out alive, Chris (his son) was only a couple of yards behind me and I heard him say “Are you alright dad.” I replied “yes” and that was the last I saw of him. I made my way down a passageway to an exit. Two or three burly men put their weight against it and smashed the gates open otherwise I don’t think I’d have been talking to you now. The fire just spread in a flash. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The smoke was absolutely choking. You couldn’t breathe.’

To read the full News of the World coverage from May 12th 1985, click this link Bradford City Fire News of the World

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