By the time the emergency services arrived many buildings including the cinema were burning furiously.
The Civil Defence and Heavy Rescue teams together with servicemen and civilians began to dig away at the rubble in the hope of finding survivors.
Laurie lay buried under the rear of the shop. Although badly damaged, this part of the building remained standing.
The final casualties numbered 108 killed and 235 injured, one of the highest civilian losses in the country.
1. Laurie Holmes' description of being trapped in the rubble. (580 Kb) 47secs.
2. Laurie describes being pulled out of the ruins. (737 Kb) 1min.
3. His desciption of being in hospital. (460 Kb) 47secs.
4. Loss of life. (603 Kb) 1min 02secs.
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