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Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial
Birth: unknown
Death: Nov. 28, 1942

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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Cocoanut Grove Fire Memorial
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
Record added: Jun 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6532185
Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial
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Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
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