Cocoanut Grove Fire Site
Posted by: Shorelander
N 42° 21.002 W 071° 04.057
19T E 329702 N 4690712
Quick Description: A deadly fire in Boston leaves a lasting impact.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2007 11:51:49 PM
Waymark Code: WM1836
This plaque marks one of the deadliest fires in Boston, Massachusetts. It's on the north side of Piedmont Street in Bay Village, on a gray building. The marker reads:
"On the evening of November 28, 1942, a fire that started in the Melody Lounge swept through the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, killing more than 490 people. Overcrowding, locked exit doors and toxic flammable furnishings all contributed to the death toll, the highest in the history of Boston.
"The lessons from this tragedy saved the lives of many future fire victims; fire safety codes and public building regulations were strengthened and the treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation changed dramatically."
Agency Responsible for Placement: The Bostonian Society
City/Town Name: Boston
Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]
Agency Responsible for Placement (if not in list above): Not listed
Year Placed: Not listed
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