Report on Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Essay

1471 Words Feb 27th, 2005 6 Pages
At 2215 hrs, on November 28, 1942, Fire Alarm Headquarters from Box 1514, situated at Stuart and Carver streets, received an alarm. When the responding apparatus arrived they found a small car fire at the corner of Stuart Street and Broadway. After the fire was extinguished the firefighters were about to return to quarters when their attention was called to smoke emanating from the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub a few doors away. Upon their arrival at the entrance of the Broadway lounge on Broadway they encountered numerous people leaving the premises admidst the cries of "fire". The chief in charge immediately ordered that a third alarm be sounded from Alarm Box 1521 which the alarm was received by fire alarm headquarters at 2223 hrs. A …show more content…
Furniture consisted of wooden chairs, make-up tables and lockers.

Egress was by means of a stairway to the street or from the second floor through a window onto a roof.

The Broadway Lounge

This room was about 40 feet by 40 feet. It had been opened to the public only recently and was located on the east end of the premises on the first floor of a second-class building consisting of three stories, and an attic (59 Broadway). The second floor of this building contained motors and a locker room for employees was on the third floor.

The public only had access to the first floor. Connection with the first class structure, containing the main dining room, was by means of a passageway.

The Broadway Lounge contained a men's and women's washrooms, bar, coatroom, tables and chairs.

The walls were paneled with artificial leather attached on plywood.

The ceiling was of soundproof construction and fluorescent lights attached to this surface.

The floor was wood covered by carpet.

Contract for a ventilating system was signed in September or October 1942 calling for a supply and exhaust system.

Exits from this room were by the entrance on Broadway and by the passageway in the rear of the room leading to the main dining room.

Windows on the Broadway side were of fixed glass block construction.

The Main Dining Room

The main dining room was on the north side
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