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 Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial

Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial

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Death 28 Nov 1942
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 6532185 · View Source
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One of the nation's most notorious tragedies, a major fire struck the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, 17 Piedmont Street, in Boston on the evening of November 28, 1942 On the night of the fire, the club had approximately 1,000 occupants, many of whom were people preparing to go overseas on military duty. A lighted match used by an employee in changing a light bulb or an electrical short have been considered the most likely causes for this fire, which ultimately claimed 492 lives, including actor Buck Jones. Almost half of the occupants were killed, and many were seriously injured. Flammable decorations spread the fire rapidly. Men and women were reported to have clawed inhumanly in an effort to get out of the building. After the fire had been extinguished, two revolving doors at the main entrance had bodies stacked four and five deep behind them. Authorities estimated that possibly 300 of those killed could have been saved had the doors swung outward. It should be noted that the capacity of the structure had also been exceeded. The Cocoanut Grove fire prompted major efforts in the field of fire prevention and control for nightclubs and other related places of assembly. Immediate steps were taken to provide for emergency lighting and occupant capacity placards in places of assembly. Exit lights were also required as a result of the concern generated by this fire.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 21 Jun 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6532185
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial (unknown–28 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6532185, citing Cocoanut Grove Fire Memorial, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .