(London tower inferno) Worst in Britain since start of 20th century

World | 19 Jun 2017 10:13 pm

European researchers say that the Grenfell Tower disaster is now the deadliest fire in mainland Britain since they started keeping close records at the start of the 20th century. 

London police say that 79 people are now believed to have died in last week's high-rise apartment building fire. 

The Emergency Events Database at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium compiles natural and man-made disasters around the world. The database tracks fires from 1900 to the present. 

It says that the Grenfell fire ranks above the fire at Bradford City Stadium in northern England on May 11, 1985, when flames swept through the wooden stands and killed 56 people.-AP



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