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Saturday, 18 November, 2000, 15:22 GMT
King's Cross victims remembered
Kings Cross station destroyed by fire
31 people died as the fire swept through the station
Family and friends of the victims of the King's Cross fire have held a memorial service at the London station to mark the 13th anniversary of the disaster.

Fire-fighters, police and London Underground staff laid wreaths by a plaque commemorating the 31 people who died in the blaze on 18 November, 1987.

Ann Fairey, of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, lost her 27-year-old daughter Jane in the tragedy.

We look forward to any improvements that will make travelling on the Underground safer for commuters

Ann Fairey
Victim's mother
"We are here in memory of Jane and also we look forward to any improvements that will make travelling on the underground safer for commuters," she said.

"She was just coming home from work and was right at the top of the escalator," Mrs Fairey said.

"Another few minutes and she would have been here with us today but she perished in the fire.

The fire started at 1945 GMT in a machine room under the escalator at the Underground station and quickly spread to the upper levels.

Chaplain of the London Fire Brigade, Alan Healey, led the prayers at the service.

"We are here to remember these people and also here because we stand as witnesses to the fact that safety is so important to the Underground and to all those organisations which carry the public," he told the congregation.

Memorial mass

The mourners then attended a mass at the Blessed Sacrament Parish in a street close to the station.

A candle was lit for each victim and prayers were said for them as their names were read aloud.

The youngest victim in the fire was 16-year-old Treena Chappell, a former pupil of La Sainte Union School, in Highgate, north London.

Sister Teresa of the school said students had been remembering Treena this week.

"It was very difficult for pupils in the school at the time as a young death is always overwhelming for children," she said.

"At the time of the fire she had just left school and was working in a bank," she said. "She didn't usually come through this station but on that night she was on her way to some activity after a work trip."

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