November 18, 1997 |
There is good news for Queen Elizabeth II and Joe Tourist alike this morning: Five years after fire ravaged Windsor Castle, the landmark of British royal history has risen from the ashes, fully restored and welcoming again to resident royals and awe-struck visitors. "The queen thinks it is marvelous and says she was absolutely delighted," said project head Michael Peat at a press viewing Monday of one of the century's most challenging, complex restoration projects.
May 4, 1997 |
Firefighters battled a blaze Saturday at London's Royal Academy of Arts, one of the British capital's best-known galleries. About 100 people were led to safety before firefighters battled the flames and prepared for a major salvage operation. Burlington House, the world-famous building in Piccadilly, is headquarters of the academy, founded in 1768. Among the gallery's treasures is Michelangelo's Tondo, one of only four sculptures by the Renaissance master outside Italy.
July 19, 1993 |
Chevron Corp. said Sunday that there had been a fire alarm on its North Sea Ninian South oil production platform but that the incident was minor and had not affected production. A spokesman said diesel fuel got into a turbine exhaust causing black smoke that triggered an alarm Saturday on the platform, 100 miles northeast of the Shetland Islands.
December 5, 1992 |
A spotlight that overheated a curtain sparked the blaze that ravaged Windsor Castle, a report released Friday by Buckingham Palace said. The investigation by a five-member team of fire officers, police and forensic scientists said no individual was to blame for the Nov. 20 fire at the historic castle, the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II. The report confirmed eyewitness accounts that the fire began in the queen's private chapel in the northwest corner of the castle, 20 miles west of London.
November 21, 1992 |
Windsor Castle, the home of Britain's Royal Family for more than eight centuries, suffered "enormous" damage from a tenacious fire that raged for hours Friday. Each time firefighters reported that the blaze was under control, it appeared to erupt again--as it did at 7 p.m., almost eight hours after it began. The blaze, which caused a dozen injuries but no fatalities, was reportedly contained by late Friday night, but authorities said it could continue to burn until midday today.
August 14, 1991 |
A fire at an underground railway station Tuesday evening left as many as 2,000 passengers trapped in six trains for two hours. Two minor injuries were reported. London Underground said the fire started in a storage container on a platform at Bank Station on the Central Line and spread to electric cables, leading to a power shutdown on part of the track about 6 p.m. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.