BRADFORD, England — Firefighters Sunday searched for more victims of a flash fire that destroyed a soccer stadium grandstand in the worst tragedy in English sports history. The death toll rose to 52, and some of the victims were found crushed against locked stadium gates.
At least 211 people were injured in the blaze, with 24 people listed by police as still missing Sunday, more than 24 hours after flames engulfed a wooden, 240-foot-long section of the stands at the home field of the Bradford City soccer club.
The flames took only four minutes to sweep through the grandstand, filled with 3,500 of the 10,000 fans who were attending the club's nationally televised final match of the season.
A total of 52 bodies, most of them those of children or of the elderly, were recovered by Sunday, 12 of them by firefighters searching through the night, said John Sampson, chief constable of Bradford, an industrial town about 200 miles north of London once famed for its wool mills.