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photo Tara Benwell Listen to News with Tara Benwell - Instructions:
1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 14 June 2017

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12 Die in London Apartment Fire

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • catastrophic: terrible; causing great damage and/or suffering
  • tear: to go very quickly
  • storey: a floor of a building
  • sprinkler: a device that showers water over an area
  • blaze: fire; flames
  • witness: a person who saw something happen
  • desperate: having no other choice

12 Die in London Apartment Fire

A catastrophic fire tore through a 24-storey building in West London this week, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens. The fire broke out in the middle of the night while 128 families were sleeping. Residents claimed there were no or sprinklers, and many only realized the building was on fire when they were woken by phone calls from concerned and family. Over 200 fire fighters battled the blaze and rescued about 68 people from Grenfell Tower. Witnesses say a few people threw their children out windows in a desperate to save them. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. Why did this catastrophe take place?
  3. Why does the report mention sprinklers?

Discussion Questions: Have you checked your fire alarms lately? When was the last time you checked your home to make sure your fire alarms work? How can apartment residents ensure that their building has proper safety measures in place before a disaster like this occurs?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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