Harrow Court Video News: Film showed last horrifying moments

DRAMATIC images were shown in a reconstruction of possible events of February 2, 2005. The court at the inquest was shown a DVD illustrating of what might have happened on the night of the tragedy. The Building and Research Establishment had been asked to

DRAMATIC images were shown in a reconstruction of possible events of February 2, 2005.

The court at the inquest was shown a DVD illustrating of what might have happened on the night of the tragedy.

The Building and Research Establishment had been asked to build a scale model of the main bedroom and corridor of flat 85.

Items of furniture were put into the room and lit tea lights put on the top of a TV.


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Some of the wax in one of the tea lights was melted prior to putting it on the TV to replicate the conditions of the early hours of the morning on February 2, when the candle had been burning for some hours.

In the video, four minutes after the ignition time, the tea light began to melt into the TV below.

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It eventually falls through the hole it has melted and the internal components of the TV catch light.

At seven minutes, the bedroom door was opened and closed to replicate the point in the events when Mr Savage left the room to try to get a blanket to smother the fire.

By eight minutes after ignition, smoke from the burning TV had begun to fill the room, and four minutes later the flames had reached the ceiling.

At 27 minutes, the bedroom door was opened again, to show how firefighters Jeff Wornham and Michael Miller had entered the room.

Two minutes later, all the contents of the room were alight and a minute after that the fire can be seen from the bedroom window and the corridor leading to the living room.

The test finished at 34 minutes.

Coroner Edward Thomas was keen to point out that this video was not necessarily an absolutely certain replication of events, as it was based on certain assumptions, which may not have been agreed by all parties. Addressing the jury he said: "We must not take this as the direct evidence of what has happened.

"It is to give you and all of us an idea of what might have happened.

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