The Cocoanut Grove fire occurred on November 28, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. 492 people were killed, making it the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. History, and led to stricter enforcement of fire codes and to innovations in the treatment of burn victims.
Read the NFPA investigation and associated articles: cocoanut grove investigation report.pdf
From your study, please answer the following questions:
1- How does this fire compare to the more recent Station Nightclub fire (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.?
2- What effect did interior finishes and furnishings have in this fire?
3. How may sprinkler protection have affected this fire?
4. How did egress problems contribute to the large loss of life?
5. What impact did this tragedy have on codes and code enforcement? Have we learned our lesson?