Memorial Service Held in London to Honour King’s Cross Fire Victims


    Today, a memorial service took place to mark the 30th anniversary of the King’s Cross fire and to pay tribute to the thirty-one (31) people who lost their lives in the accident.

    Families of the victims along with the emergency services personnel who responded to the fire in 1987 gathered at the Tube station in London.

    Among the victims was Colin Townsley, a London Fire Brigade station officer, who had been a part of the rescue efforts. He was posthumously given a certificate of commendation due to his bravery.

    The fire that took place in November 1987 began on a wooden escalator serving the Piccadilly Line, with thirty-one (31) people dying in the disaster, and many more people injured.

    Photo by Christopher Newberry

    The British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and other emergency services were all involved in the rescue efforts, with the Fire Brigades Union saying that a total of thirty (30) fire engines from 22 stations had sent some of their crews to help.

    Today, on Twitter, British Transport Police said that it would also be “sharing memories of the night from those who were there and information about how BTP’s response to major incidents changed since the disaster.”

    Mick Cash, the general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said that the commemoration event this weekend “will reinforce in all of us the need to be ever vigilant in respect of the safest possible staffing, standards and legislation to avoid a repeat of this tragedy.”