- Published on Monday, 05 December 2016 08:37
At least 24 people were killed in Oakland after a massive fire erupted during a dance party Friday night in a warehouse and artist collective. As authorities search the rubble of the converted party space, expecting the death toll to climb, here's a look at the deadliest U.S. nightclub fires:
Feb, 20, 2003 — The Station nightclub, Warwick, R.I.: 100 dead; more than 200 injured. Fireworks ignited flammable sound insulation during a show by the the rock band Great White and engulfed the club with smoke and flames.
March 25, 1990 — Happy Land nightclub, New York: 87 dead. A disgruntled ex-boyfriend doused the club with gasoline while his girlfriend was inside. The Bronx club's only exit was set ablaze and the doors jammed shut, trapping people inside.
May 28, 1977 — Beverly Hills Supper Club, Southgate, Ky.: 165 dead, more than 200 injured. A Memorial Day fire broke out in an overcrowded club with poor safety standards.
June 30, 1974 — Gulliver's nightclub, Port Chester, N.Y.: 24 dead. An arsonist set the club on fire in an attempt to cover up a burglary at a next-door bowling alley.
June 24, 1973 — UpStairs Lounge, New Orleans: 32 dead. This unsolved arson attack on a gay bar had been the worst attack on a U.S. gay bar until the Orlando shooting massacre in June left 49 people dead.
Nov. 28, 1942 — Cocoanut Grove, Boston: 492 dead. This was the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. The tragedy at one of the top clubs in the post-Prohibition era prompted increased safety standards at bars, such as sprinklers and accessible exits.
April 23, 1940 — Rhythm Club, Natchez, Miss.: 209 dead. Spanish moss that lined the dance hall was engulfed in flames. The windows had been boarded up to prevent people from sneaking into the club.
Sept. 20, 1929 — Study Club, Detroit: 22 dead. Fire broke out at a speakeasy.