Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire - Southgate, KY
Posted by: Wallyum
N 39° 03.876 W 084° 27.612
16S E 719740 N 4327015
Quick Description: Site of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire that killed 165 in May, 1977.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 8/24/2009 5:54:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM72RX
Site of the Beverly Hills Supper Club, popular night spot from the 1930's-70's. Burnt May 28, 1977 killing 165. Third worst nightclub fire in US; changed building-code enforcement. First disaster case tried as class action suit, merging 300 claims. Landmark litigation lasted years. Settlements of some $30 million. First mass tort action in USA.
Emergency squads came from miles around. Temporary morgue set up in nearby Ft. Thomas Armory. Families arrived for days searching for loved ones, as site smoldered. Story dominated the news. Probable cause was faulty aluminum wiring. Most people in area knew someone who lost family here.
In memory of those who perished in the fire.
Marker Name: Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Marker Location: Roadside
Type of Marker: Building
Marker Number (for official markers): 2237
Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Department of Highways
A picture of the site or anything specific to the text on marker.