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London apartment tower fire ... deadliest in UK since 20th century – researchers

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 6:05 PM
In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, a view of an apartment in the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building, in London. – AP Photo
Burnt out lifts on an undisclosed floor, in the Grenfell Tower. – AP Photo
In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, June 18, 2017, a firefighter stands outside of the Grenfell Tower after fire engulfed the 24-storey building, in London. – AP Photo
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LONDON (AP):
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.