Saturday, 26 March 2011

Fires due to lit matches

# The Cocoanut Grove fire of 1942, the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, was started when an artificial palm tree caught fire when a busboy struck a match[citation needed] for illumination while changing a light bulb.
# The King's Cross fire was a devastating underground fire in London on 18 November 1987 which killed 31 people. Evidence considered at the Public Enquiry into the fire concluded that it was initiated by rubbish and grease beneath wooden escalators being ignited, and that this was likely caused by a lighted match being dropped.[18] Smoking was banned on the Underground; there had been 48 previous escalator fires between 1955 and 1988, 31 of which were caused by smoking materials, and tests had shown that a lit match, but not a cigarette, could ignite the grease.[19]
# A 10-year-old boy playing with matches started the Buckweed Fire, of the October 2007 California wildfires. With a series of wildfires blazing across the southern part of the state, Buckweed burned over 38,000 acres (150 km2) of land and 63 structures.

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