Accident: Fire Coconut Grove

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Accident: Fire Coconut Grove Gender: N/A
born on 28 November 1942 at 22:17 (= 10:17 PM )
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Timed, original source unknown
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 06°14' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°23 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 13°54'


American nightclub fire that killed 492 people and severely injured nearly two hundred others. On the night of the fire, the club was filled with over 1000 people, over capacity. When fire broke out, possibly due to a lit match used by an employee changing a light bulb. Within 15 minutes, the entire scene was engulfed in flames. The decorations were highly flammable and the two main doors, against which the panicked dancers and diners pushed to try to escape, were revolving doors, that turned inward. After this tragedy in which over half the attendees were killed, fire codes and safety measures were changed, including a requirement that all doors open outward.

According to the article from which the time is taken, the Coconut Grove nightclub first opened on October 27, 1927 at 5:30 PM EST in Boston ,MA. Two of the original owners were Charles "King" Solomon and "Mickey" Alpert. King Solomon was born August 6, 1887 (time unknown) and was murdered at 4:10 AM EST on January 24, 1933. Mickey Alpert was born at 11 AM (uncorrected ) on April 9, 1904 at Boston, MA. After Solomon was murdered the nightclub was closed for a time and on October 23, 1933 , it was re-opened at 5:30 PM EST

Source Notes

AFA Bulletin 1/6/1943, citing Ruth E. Gerry, a Massachusetts resident, for the information, presumably from newspaper reports


  • Mundane : Disasters : Other Disasters (fire)