Monthly Archives: November 2017

This Day in Fire History…

Cocoanut Grove Fire…

Anyone leaving a department store may have wondered why a central revolving door is often flanked by hinged doors on either side.

That’s one legacy of the Cocoanut Grove Fire, where so many died as they tried to exit the club’s single revolving door.

On this day in 1942, 492 people (which was 32 more than the building’s authorized capacity) lost their lives at the Cocoanut Grove restaurant/supper club (nightclubs did not officially exist in Boston).

In less than 15 minutes, 492 people were dead and another 166 injured, making the blaze the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.

The official cause of the fire is undetermined but is rumored to have been caused by a busboy lighting a match to reinstall a light bulb, igniting a fake palm tree.

Boston Herald Article

Boston Fire History Article

Outside the Cocoanut Grove

Lounge Bar

What a difference five years makes!!

Over the previous five years The Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission has awarded over 7,000 Smoke Detectors to numerous fire departments across this great state. With a sealed battery and ten year lifespan from the time they are installed, these detectors will continue to make an impact in the safety of the citizens of Arkansas. We would like to thank the numerous fire departments and their members who have installed these many detectors in homes across the state and applaud their commitment to the safety of the citizens they serve.