Britain Escalator to An Inferno

Panic and death in London's Underground

At 7:28 p.m., passengers heading up an escalator toward the exits at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station, figured they were nearing the end of their commute home. At 7:29, their routine ride became an ascent into hell. Flames erupted along the moving wooden stairs and spread rapidly upward. Those people riding near the top of the crowded staircase were delivered directly into the center of the blazing inferno. Unable to turn back, they could only push forward into the flames, their clothes and hair catching fire as they dashed for the exits.

Below, pandemonium was erupting. Heavy smoke cascaded down...

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