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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


It's interesting that I knew of a lot of night club or bar fires (Coconut Grove, a roadhouse in West Plains, MO, the Natchez night club fire that got immortalized in lots of songs like one by Howlin' Wolf), and the Triangle Fire, all far less costly in lives than this one, which was wholly unknown to me.

The common elements-- exit doors locked from outside, unexpectedly flammable material (in Natchez, they'd draped the whole club in dried hanging tree moss, which virtually exploded) are all pretty similar. But this one is new to me.


I don't think I'd heard about the Iroquois fire before I moved to Chicago. After I posted this, my brother also mentioned the Triangle fire and noted the common elements in these fires.

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