This is a week to recall and reflect on two historic fires; Friday marked the 66th anniversary of Bostons Coconut Grove nightclub fire. The Boston Fire Department responded 5 alarms to Box 1521 that night where 492 lives were lost and 166 injured. Many of the doors to nightclub were bricked up or bolted shut and the entrance was a revolving door.The night club was filled with flammable decorations and although it was rated for 500 persons officals estimated over 1000 people were in the building at the time of the fire. The photos from our good friend Bill Noonan
This morning December 1 is the 50th anniversary of the Our Lady of Angels fire in Chicago. On this tragic day 92 children and 3 nuns would lose their lives. The building was a two story school with numerous renovations that been grandfathered regarding the codes of the day. Many lessons would come from both of these fires, to include panic hardware and exit requirements, flame retardant furnishing and surface coatings.
We are extremely honored to have a our good friend Mike Mason who was a student at Our Lady of Angles on December 1, 1958 and our technical editor Glen Corbett on Fire Engineering radio toady
discussing the fire and what it means to us today.