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This Day in Boston History
November 28th, 1942
Coconut Grove Fire
On the evening
of November 28th, 1942 a fire that started in the Melody Lounge swept
through the Coconut Grove Night Club, killing nearly half of its 1,000
The club's revolving doors were stacked four and five layers deep with
bodies of people unable to exit before passing out from toxic fumes from
the club's burning decorations.
The lessons of this tragedy saved the lives of many future fire victims:
fire safety codes and building regulations were strengthened, and the
treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation changed dramatically.