The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

Neighbours pay tribute after campaigning journalist is killed in flat blaze

    The scene in Rhyl Street

    Firefighters at the scene in Rhyl Street last night
    Published: 9 March, 2012

    A JOURNALIST who worked on some of the country's best-known publications has been killed in a fire which swept through a ground-floor flat in Kentish Town yesterday (Thursday) evening, according to neighbours.

    People living nearby said the woman killed in the blaze in Rhyl Street was Corinna Ascherson, 75, who worked for the New Statesman and the Guardian during a long career in journalism. They described her as "one of the kindest ladies on the street". Also known as Corinna Adam, she was the daughter of former BBC controller Ken Adam and writer Ruth Adam. She had two daughters.

    Kate Bradbury, 65, who lived in the flat above and was rescued from the fire, said: “We called her 'The Corinna'. You couldn't get another like her. She was exceptional and outspoken – that was the result of having a truly authentic voice, and it's what shone through in her work as a journalist. She was of the highest intelligence."

    Ms Bradbury, who has lived in her flat for 25 years, said Ms Ascherson had been living at the address for 12 years. During that time the two had become close friends, often taking trips to the National Gallery together.

    She added: "Whenever I went through difficult times myself she was always there.

    "I lost my own son, and she had this knack of saying precisely the right thing without being intrusive or pushing too far. I will treasure the memories we have together, where we would take off to the opera, she was a culture lover.

    "She had a vicious sense of humour when it came to Tony Blair, but didn't we all? But hers was so sharp, she was a a force of entertainment, left-wing, took a great interest in politics.

    "I will never forget Corinna's voice, it was distinctive, sophisticated. When she spoke anyone would know it was her, not only because of what she said, but the tone of it. She was an individual with a lot to say.”

    The London Fire Brigade had teams from stations at Kentish Town, Belsize and Euston tackling the blaze in Rhyl Street. A spokesman confirmed: "An older woman has died following a fire in a house converted into flats. The fire severely damaged the ground floor. The Brigade was called at 17:21 and the fire was under control by 18:21. The cause of the fire is under investigation."

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    I hope this lady did not suffer for too long, RIP x

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