Rescuer: 'We made a human chain'
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Aberdeen rescuer recalls making 'a human chain'

Witnesses to a collapsed building tragedy that claimed five lives in Aberdeen 50 years ago have recalled the scenes that greeted them on that day.

The steel frame of the partially-constructed zoology building at Aberdeen University gave way on 1 November 1966, trapping eight men.

John Burgess was the senior fire officer in charge and recalls seeing the tangled mess of "steel girders, steel pipes, concrete" - and forming a human chain to rescue one of the trapped men.

Reporter Gordon Casely described how the eight-storey development went down like a "house of cards".

A memorial service was held in Aberdeen on Wednesday to remember those who died, as Steven Duff reports.

  • 03 Nov 2016
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