Kings Cross: Beneath the Flames

The worst fire in London Transport's history.

This case study discusses the disastrous peak hour fire in the London Underground railway in which 31 people died and hundreds were injured. 

This is one of the 10 DVDs in the acclaimed BBC series now available in a totally new format with expert training support material.

On 18 November 1987, at approximately 7.30 pm, a fire broke out beneath  escalator 4 - Piccadilly Line - at King's Cross St. Pancras underground station.  A series of oversights allowed the fire to grow until the smoke reached an explosive flashpoint, and a fireball occurred within the main ticketing hall. 

In the aftermath, investigations revealed a host of issues which led to the disaster. Lack of training and inefficient fire fighting equipment were seen as important catalysts to the disaster.  Also senior management's lack of attention to similar symptomatic occurrences within the whole of the underground complex.
Location - UK


Kings Cross: Beneath the Flames is used by hundreds of organisations world wide including:

Exxon Mobil • BP • Meddimune • Evonik • Subsea 7 • Cargill • RAF • Maersk • Chevron Texaco • Eurocontrol • Qatar Petroleum  and many more in all industry sectors.


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Sample study guide


Training package includes:

Each easy to understand workshop in the series can be run by facilitators even with minimal experience in presenting training courses.  In addition, tips and guidelines are included to help facilitators with every aspect of the workshop. 
  • DVD - duration 30 minutes
  • Facilitator's Guide including Facilitator's Checklist
  • Facilitator's Slide Guide
  • Participant's Handouts
  • PowerPoint Presentation
The workshops for each DVD allows for a highly interactive learning environment in which participants undertake detailed Pre-event and Post-event analysis of each disaster.  This means they not only listen, but apply the lessons learned, in order to formulate solutions specific to their own workplace: they not only learn what went wrong, but how it could have been avoided.

Flexible delivery formats

BBC Disaster Series
The 10 part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics, chemical manufacturing and hospitality.  Read more


Each. UK: £395. Australia: $595 plus GST. USA:  US$495


Series of 10. UK:  £2690. Australia $3395 Plus GST. USA:  US$2695


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