Incident directory

1985 - Bradford City Football Stand

11/05/1985

Country:

UK

Severity:

Fatal

Description

Date of event:

11th May 1985

Time of event:

Approximately 15:40 (fire initially noticed)

Name of premises:

Valley Parade Stadium, Bradford City Football Ground.

Location:

Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom (UK).

Number of fatalities (if relevant):

56

Fire service area:

West Yorkshire Fire Brigade, now West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Nature of incident:

Fire.

Property/premises/environment type:

Football stand.

Premises use:

Sports ground.

Construction type and materials:

Mainly wooden with steel frame and some concrete areas.

Occupancy:

Members of public.

Fire source and location of fire:

Believed to be accidental ignition involving smoking materials and collections of waste paper etc that had collected for a number of years underneath a mainly wooden stand.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis:

On Saturday 11th May 1985 during a televised third division football match between Bradford City and Lincoln City a fire started within block G, underneath the wooden seating area, within the main stand of the Bradford City Football ground at Valley Parade. Within 5 minutes the whole of the stand was alight with several hundred supporters having to leave the stand over a 4 to 5 foot high fence to get to the football pitch.

56 persons died.

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Popplewell Inquiry interim Report (1985).

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Popplewell Inquiry interim Report (1985).

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Popplewell Inquiry interim Report (1985).

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Popplewell Inquiry interim Report (1985).

Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning:

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

Government (national and/or local) summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations:

Unknown author. (Unknown date). Bradford City Fire. [online]. Available here. http://bradfordcityfire.co.uk/popplewell-inquiry/ (Accessed 23rd July 2016).

Government (agency and/or department) summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations:

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons & recommendations:

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

Other report summary of main findings, conclusions, key lessons &recommendations:

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable:

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents:

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located. Or not relevant.

FRS Incident Report/s:

No information identified to date and/or still to be located. or not relevant.

Local Police Service or Constabulary Incident Report/s:

No information identified to date and/or still to be located. Or not relevant.

Local Ambulance Service Incident Report:

No information identified to date and/or still to be located. Or not relevant.

Research Establishment Reports/investigations/research:

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.  

Local Coroner’s report/s:

No information identified to date and/or still to be located. Or not relevant.

Other information sources:

Unknown author. (Unknown date). Bradford City Fire. [online]. Available here. http://bradfordcityfire.co.uk/popplewell-inquiry/ (Accessed 23rd July 2016).

Unknown author. (Unknown date). Bradford City Fire. [online]. Available here. http://bradfordcityfire.co.uk/ (Accessed 23rd July 2016).

Unknown author. (Unknown date). Bradford City Stadium Fire. [online]. Available here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradford_City_stadium_fire (Accessed 23rd July 2016).

Emergency service learning material:

No information identified to date and/or still to be located. Or not relevant.

Videos available:

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