FRESH CLAIMS OVER BRADFORD FIRE
THE fire which claimed the lives of 56 Bradford City fans watching in the stands at Valley Parade 30 years ago could have been started deliberately, a new book alleges.
A survivor of the blaze, Martin Fletcher, says he uncovered evidence that then chairman, Stafford Heginbotham, who died in 1995, was in serious financial trouble at the time.
He also found that several of his businesses had been struck by fires over the course of 18 years, leading to large insurance claims.
Fletcher lost his brother, father, uncle and grandfather in the tragedy and says more investigations should have taken place in his book ‘56 – The Story of the Bradford Fire’.
While not making any direct alle- gations, the book raises concerns about the suspicious circumstances which saw Heginbotham receive payouts to the equivalent of £27m in today’s money.
However, the judge who led the inquiry into the stadium fire has said claims it may have been started deliberately are ‘nonsense’. Sir Oliver Popplewell has stood by his verdict the fire was an accident.