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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Cocoanut Grove Fire 75th Anniversary Presentation

Cocoanut Grove Nightclub

November 28, 2017 is the 75th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston's South End, a tragedy that took 492 lives. The fire precipitated major changes in building codes, fire-fighting practices, and criminal law, and the consequences of the event still reverberate today. The Cocoanut Grove Fire is probably better known than the fire that destroyed most of Boston, and the Grove continues to fascinate people. Stories of heroism, venality, compelling personal accounts, and the ongoing debate about what caused the fire will be presented and discussed. Library Trustee Thomas Carey will moderate and speak about legal and regulatory consequences of the fire, Retired Hingham Fire Chief Mark Duff will give a presentation on the fire itself, and Karen Griswold will talk about burn treatment advances resulting from the fire, and they will compare current emergency response procedures with those in effect at the time of the Cocoanut Grove fire.

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