The deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub burned on November 28, 1942, killing 492 people.

Video: On the 70th anniversary (in 2012) of the Cocoanut Grove fire, three survivors told their stories to NFPA Journal®. Ann Gallagher was a 16-year-old girl from NH who was in Boston with her family. Marshall Cole, another 16-year-old, was employed at the popular nightclub as a dancer.  He has vivid memories of escaping the fire.  Dr. Saul Davis, interviewed in 2007, also gives a harrowing account of the fire that claimed the lives of so many.

Cocoanut Grove

The Cocoanut Grove Fire

The Cocoanut Grove Fire website is a collaborative effort that brings together original and secondary sources from the collections of local Boston institutions (including NFPA, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Historical Society, the Boston Fire Museum, the Boston Public Library, the City of Boston Archives, and Massachusetts General Hospital)and people interested in preserving the history of the fire. The site includes detailed information on the fire, its victims, first-hand acounts of survivors, the nightclub, as well as advances made in the medical, legal, and codes and standards fields as a results of the fire. This initiative is a work in progress and subject to continual updates. We welcome and encourage anyone who may have information, documents, or artifacts to let us know

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