Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire - Southgate, KY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 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
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ReedKyCacheFinders
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Long Description:
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

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