The five most terrible fires in the history of the world of subways
5th place. April 20, 1987, Moscow
The cause of this fire was the short-circuiting. Around 8:00 pm between the Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya light up one of the tail cars. Of passengers, thank God, no one was hurt, but the material damage has turned serious. Paveletskaya hit hard finishing the southern part of a major reconstruction was carried out. However, there were in this incident and its positive aspects: it was the reason for the creation of automatic fire-extinguishing system "Igla". By 1994, "Needles" is equipped with all the trains of the Moscow metro.
4 place. March 14, 2012, Kiev
A year ago, did not train burning in Kiev, and the pavilion station Osokorky. Due to faulty wiring lit chandelier, then I began to blaze the plastic ceiling. Neither fire nor smoke, nor crush the victims failed, but the station itself almost burnt to ashes. However, to remove the burned plastic was easy. Osokorki already washed the next day, but the ceiling was zakopchonnym.
3 rd place. November 18, 1987, London
There were no fire in the oldest subway in the world. The exact causes of fire on the escalator Kings Cross Station and have not called, it is likely to lead to the tragedy of an abandoned match. Then the London Underground could smoke. This habit was some really deadly: 31 people burned alive, 12 suffered severe burns. The incident led to the ban on smoking in the subway, and a complete revision of safety regulations. The "pipe" Install smoke detectors, surveillance cameras, and wooden escalators were replaced by metal. For no one has been held accountable. 2 nd place. August 10, 1903, Paris
Until recently, the Paris fire was considered the most "bloody": he killed a hundred people. In the section between stations Ménilmontant and Kurono in one of the carriages is shorted. Uncoupled the locomotive, but was unable to extinguish the fire with improvised means of him. Because of the smoke was burning car driver did not notice the different composition and crashed into him at full speed. Firefighter to the hearth fire, managed to get only the next day. Or rather, do not get a break. To get to the scene of the accident, the Parisians had to blow up the tunnel, in the resulting gaps in the ground firefighters climbed. Help getting delayed, carbon monoxide did the dirty deed.
1 place. October 28, 1995, Baku
The first place in our sad "fire rating" occupied Azerbaijan. Again very banal reason: the closure of traction. Because of him in October 1995 in the tunnel between stations Ulduz and Nariman Narimanov light up one of the cars. Because of the crush, fire and suffocation killed 289 people, including 126 women and 28 children. Authorities blamed the incident on "outdated underground equipment inherited from the Soviet era." According to the number of victims of the Baku tragedy recognized as the largest in the history of subways in the world.