This Day in Fire History…

The Station Nightclub Fire…

Today we remember the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in US history, killing 100 people, and the second deadliest in New England, surpassed by the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire which resulted in 492 deaths.

The Station Nightclub had 462 people in attendance that night of which 100 perished and 230 were injured.

The fire started just seconds into the band’s opening song when pyrotechnics set off ignited flammable acoustic foam on both sides and the top center of the drummer’s alcove at the back of the stage.

This fire directly affected numerous fire codes in Rhode Island and changed a national code that now requires any nightclub made to hold more than 100 people MUST be sprinkled.

First few seconds of the fire.

Fireworks Safety

MCFD challenges residents to make a New Year’s resolution to educate themselves on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks and shares the following Safety Tips:

  • Only use fireworks outdoors free of overhead obstructions and away from dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Never give fireworks to young children.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Always have a bucket of water, and charged water hose, nearby.
  • Dispose of spent product by wetting it down and place it in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until morning.

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