This week marks 77 years since the fire at the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub in Boston, and the fire is the topic of this month’s Learn Something New video from NFPA. Almost 500 lives were lost in the tragedy, in large part because of locked egress doors and a revolving door at the main exit; the fire resulted in several important code changes.
This article, What We Learned From the Deadliest NightClub Fire in US History, gives a comprehensive overview of the events of November 28, 1942, and more information can be found on NFPA’s website. There is also a new documentary called 6 Locked Doors, and I’m hoping that I can host an online screening in 2020 – fingers crossed! I think it would really help to reinforce the reasons behind some of today’s egress codes. What do you think about this idea?
Here is this month’s video from NFPA’s Learn Something New series: