Bradford City stadium fire
|Bradford City stadium fire|
|First mentioned:||Running in Circles|
|Date of event:||May 11, 1985|
- Edgar's father
- 55 other spectators
Edgar and his father attend a football match at Valley Parade in Bradford, England. While cheering on the game, a fire breaks out. Edgar's father tells Edgar to run as fast as he can, which he does. Edgar leaves his family behind to die in the fire.
- This disaster actually happened in real life. On May 11, 1985, two football teams, namely Bradford City A.F.C. and Lincoln City F.C., were having a match in the Bradford City stadium. At 3:40 pm, five minutes before half-time, the first sign of a fire, a glowing light, was noticed three rows from the back of block G. It is believed the fire started when a spectator dropped either a match, cigarette, or tobacco, which fell through holes in the stand to rubbish which had accumulated below.
- During the fire, the absence of an extinguisher added to the ongoing chaos. A total of 56 spectators died, and more than 256 people were injured in the incident.