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Two years into her service, in 1987, Griffiths would be confronted with her first major incident. On November 18, a fire broke out at King's Cross St. Pancras tube station, beginning on an escalator and rapidly filling the station with smoke. Thirty one people were killed and 100 were taken to hospital with injuries. Thirty fire crews were deployed and Griffiths was among the 150 firefighters sent into the smoke-filled Underground.

The three men were also the first black firefighters in the state of Texas.

Griffiths’ anger over inequality was not dampened and she continued her career-long involvement with the Fire Brigades Union's Women's Committee. While things have progressed from the days when female firefighters were regarded as hose-wielding harpies, Griffiths believes the road to equality is still long.


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