BMC Remembers the 70th anniversary of the worst fire in Boston history

1130oped_grove1

When flames broke out in a lounge just after 10 p.m. on Nov. 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove had all the ingredients of a catastrophe. The club was overcrowded; there were too few exits, most of which were obstructed or locked; decorations were made of materials that quickly ignited as the blaze spread around the club. The tragedy offered a window not just into the inadequate fire regulations of the day but also into the politics; word had it that the club’s well-connected owner had just been allowed to open a new section of the Cocoanut Grove without the proper inspections. Over time, the fire had far-reaching effects beyond tougher codes; by many accounts, medical knowledge advanced, as doctors recognized that the toxic gases associated with structure fires could be at least as deadly as flames.

Many victims of the tragic fire came to what is now Boston Medical Center for treatment.  Wedesnday, Joe Blansfield, NP and Trauma Program Manager presented on the topic sharing his wealth of knowledge at Nursing Grand Rounds.

Dscn0083Dscn0058Dscn0096

The Cocoanut Grove Coalition just launched a website this week to bring together original and secondary sources from the collections of local Boston institutions and people interested in preserving the history of the fire.  This initiative is a work in progress and subject to continual updates. To learn more, please visit the new website.

To view more photo galleries, visit https://picasaweb.google.com/106839551637821157188

 

Courtesy of:

https://sites.google.com/a/cocoanutgrovefire.org/cocoanut-grove-fire-prod/home

http://bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2012/11/30/cocoanut-grove-fire-key-…

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s