Brooklyn Theater Fire Victims A Virtual Cemetery created by: BKGenie
Description: On the night of December 5, 1876, over 300 people (including some of the actors)who had come to see the popular actress Kate CLAXTON in "The Two Orphans" died in a fire that engulfed the Brooklyn Theatre. The L-shaped theater built in 1871, occupied a large portion of the Johnson Street blockfront. Started by a kerosene lamp, that swept up the ceiling and turned the auditorium into an inferno. The theatre had no fire escapes and ond only 5 narrow exits.Unidentified bodies were buried in a common grave in Green-Wood Cemetery.A monument was erected to the victims of one of the worst fires in history. Modern fire prevention in public places resulted in part from the tragedy.