Venue fires

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A look at other night­club and mu­sic venue fires that have ex­acted ter­ri­ble death tolls in crowded con­di­tions: Oc­to­ber 2015: A blaze at the Colec­tiv night­club in the Ro­ma­nian cap­i­tal of Bucharest killed 64 peo­ple and in­jured nearly 150 oth­ers. The fire erupted dur­ing a rock con­cert by the band Good­bye to Grav­ity. A spark from the band’s py­rotech­nic show ig­nited the foam ceil­ing, erupt­ing into flames. It’s known as the worst fire in Ro­ma­nia’s modern his­tory. Jan­uary 2013: A fire killed more than 200 peo­ple at the Kiss night­club in the city of Santa Maria in Brazil. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said sound­proof­ing foam on the ceil­ing caught fire and re­leased poi­sonous gases that quickly killed those at­tend­ing a univer­sity party. De­cem­ber 2009: Some 152 peo­ple died when a blaze broke out at the Lame Horse night­club in Perm, Rus­sia. It started when an in­door fire­works dis­play ig­nited a plas­tic ceil­ing dec­o­rated with branches. Jan­uary 2009: An in­door fire­works dis­play af­ter a New Year’s count­down ig­nited a blaze in the San­tika club in Bangkok, Thai­land, killing 67 peo­ple and in­jur­ing many more. Vic­tims died from burns, smoke in­hala­tion and from be­ing crushed. Septem­ber 2008: A fire killed 44 peo­ple at the jammed King of Dancers night­club in Shen­zhen, China, when a stam­pede broke out af­ter a fire­works show ig­nited the ceil­ing. De­cem­ber 2004: In Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, a fire killed 194 peo­ple at the crowded Cro­magnon Repub­lic club af­ter a flare ig­nited ceil­ing foam. Club owner Omar Cha­ban was sen­tenced to 20 years in pri­son for caus­ing the deadly fire and for bribery. Oth­ers re­ceived lighter sen­tences. Fe­bru­ary 2003: A fire at the Sta­tion night­club in War­wick, R.I., killed 100 peo­ple and in­jured more than 200 oth­ers. Fire­works be­ing used by the band Great White set fire to flammable foam in­side the club. De­cem­ber 2000: A fire that was blamed on a weld­ing ac­ci­dent killed 309 peo­ple at a disco in the cen­tral Chi­nese city of Luoyang. Oc­to­ber 1998: An ar­son at­tack against an over­crowded youth disco in the Swedish city of Gote­borg killed 63 peo­ple and left an es­ti­mated 200 in­jured. Four peo­ple were later con­victed for start­ing the fire. March 1996: A fire at the Ozone Disco Pub in Que­zon City, Philip­pines, killed 162 peo­ple. A large pro­por­tion of the vic­tims were stu­dents par­ty­ing to mark the end of the aca­demic year. March 1990: An ar­son at­tack at the Happy Land night­club in the Bronx bor­ough of New York City killed 87 peo­ple. It started when a man an­gry with his girl­friend threw gaso­line on the club’s only exit and set it on fire, and then jammed down the metal front gate so peo­ple were trapped. De­cem­ber 1983: A fire at the Al­cala dance hall in Madrid, Spain, left 78 peo­ple dead and more than 20 in­jured. May 1977: A fire at the Bev­erly Hills Sup­per Club in South­gate, Ky., killed 165 peo­ple and in­jured more than 200. Novem­ber 1942: The dead­li­est night­club fire in U.S. his­tory killed 492 peo­ple at Bos­ton’s Co­coanut Grove club. The fire at what had been one of Bos­ton’s fore­most night spots led to new re­quire­ments for sprin­kler sys­tems and ac­ces­si­ble ex­its. April 1940: A fire ig­nited the dec­o­ra­tive Span­ish moss drap­ing the ceil­ing of the Rhythm Night Club in Natchez, Miss., killing 209 peo­ple. The win­dows had been boarded up to pre­vent peo­ple from sneak­ing in.

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