Aftermath of the fire at cocoanut grove on november 28, 1942 according to the boston fire department's official report a year later, the blaze began around 10:15 pm in the melody lounge. A bus boy, aged sixteen, employed by the cocoanut grove on the night of the fire, testified to lighting a match in the process of replacing an electric light bulb in the corner of the melody lounge, where the fire started, and dropping the match to the floor and stepping upon it. In this nov 28, 1942, file photo, smoke pours from the cocoanut grove nightclub during a fire in the back bay section of boston, where 492 people died and hundreds more were injured. But when two dozen members of that 1942 holy cross team gathered on the worcester, mass, campus this weekend, the revelry of their reunion remained haunted by the cocoanut grove nightclub fire.
It was saturday night of thanksgiving weekend, 1942 the cocoanut grove nightclub was filled to capacity soldiers were home from the front lines of world war ii, football fans were celebrating a game between holy cross and boston college, and a cowboy-movie star, buck jones, was there with his entourage. The cocoanut grove fire (wwwcocoanutgrovefireorg), a website of the cocoanut grove coalition articles published in prologue do not necessarily represent the views of nara or of any other agency of the united states government. Edgar j poth memorial lecture the 1942 fire at boston's cocoanut grove nightclub jeffrey r saffle, md, facs, salt lake city, utah the year 1992 marked the 50th anniversary of one of the worst civilian disasters in american history. America's deadliest nightclub fire the 1942 fire at boston's cocoanut grove claimed the lives of nearly 500 people and injured hundreds.
The following is the list of causalities as a result of the cocoanut grove fire that occurred on november 28, 1942 the list of casualties is drawn from the official report of the committee on public safety of the city of boston. The time was 10:23 pm, and by a twist of fate, the boston fire department had responded to a car fire near box 1541 about 15 minutes earlier, roughly three blocks from the cocoanut grove the firefighters of engine 22 and ladder 13 found a vehicle fire on stuart street. The time was 10:23 pm, and by a twist of fate, the boston fire department had responded to a car fire near box 1541 about 15 minutes earlier, roughly three blocks from the cocoanut grove. Cocoanut grove relics in the boston fire museum have been photographed and digitized, and the boston fire historical society has made available a rich collection of documents from the boston fire department, including personal stories and engine company fire reports. Stanley tomaszewski was a 16-year-old busboy working on the night of the cocoanut grove fire, nov 28, 1942, the saturday after thanksgiving more than 1,000 patrons jammed into the boston nightclub they included servicemen and their dates, suburbanites out for a night on the town, college.
Screening of documentary six locked doors come be a part of the film and boston history the first historical documentary film about the worst nightclub fire in american history reveals the story of the cocoanut grove fire on november 28th 1942. Tuesday will mark the 75th anniversary of the november 28, 1942, fire at the former cocoanut grove club that claimed the lives of 492 people. The 1942 cocoanut grove fire nicole parris columbia southern university summary the cocoanut grove fire was a major fire that happened in boston, massachusetts back on november 28, 1942. Another photo of the exterior of the cocoanut grove nightclub, in the aftermath of the november 28, 1942 fire this view shows the club from the shawmut street side of the block.
Embed (for wordpresscom hosted blogs and archiveorg item tags. The cocoanut grove was boston's premier nightclub during the post-prohibition 1930s and 1940s on november 28, 1942, this club was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in us history, killing 492 people (which was 32 more than the building's authorized capacity) and injuring hundreds more. The cocoanut grove coalition is an organization of boston-area historical societies, archives, and museums that want to bring together information they have about the fire and make it accessible to people researching to the fire.
Thinking of creating a website google sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages. Speaking with people on the street last january i found that the people i spoke to under 35 years of age had only a vague idea that something bad happened. Cocoanut grove the cocoanut grove was a restaurant and supper club located in downtown boston, massachusetts the building was built in 1927 and was located near park square the grove, as it was called, had been very popular during the late 1920's, but had come across hard times during the 1930's.
At the cocoanut grove nightclub fire of 1942 in boston, 492 people died in a matter of minutes its ferocity and death count proved a defining moment in safety legislation, leading to a reform of. Devastation at cocoanut grove nightclub after deadly fire in 1942 killed 492 people in boston. One of the nation's most notorious tragedies, a major fire struck the cocoanut grove nightclub, 17 piedmont street, in boston on the evening of november 28, 1942 on the night of the fire, the club had approximately 1,000 occupants, many of whom were people preparing to go overseas on military duty. Today was the 75th anniversary of the deadliest nightclub fire in united states history on november 28, 1942, fire erupted at the cocoanut grove in boston, killing 492 people and injuring hundreds more, making it the deadliest nightclub fire in us history.