Book launch to commemorate the Flixborough distater

Scunthorpe Independent News

Suffering the Fire, a book that was written to commemorate the Flixborough disaster is being launched at North Lincolnshire Museum on 5th June from 6.30pm.

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It is the 40th anniversary of the Flixborough disaster which was an explosion at a chemical plant close to the village of Flixborough on 1st June 1974. It killed 28 people and seriously injured many other people.

Suffering the Fire written by the late Barry Hotson is a journey of understanding, uncovering of secrets pieced together in an explosive narrative of deception and betrayal.

The idea behind the book was not the explosion itself but the fact that by 2005 the shock and suffering appeared to have been forgotten. In that year, the fire and explosion at Buncefield oil storage depot was described by the media as “Britain’s worst peacetime industrial disaster”. One man, Barry Hotson, knew that it wasn’t.


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