A Look Back: The Deadly Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire

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In this Nov. 28, 1942, file photo, smoke pours from the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, right, during a fire in the Back Bay section of Boston, where 492 people died and hundreds more were injured. The fire still stands today as the nation’s deadliest nightclub fire and led to stricter enforcement of fire codes and to innovations in the treatment of burn victims.
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Automobiles of the victims of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire remain parked in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 29, 1945.
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Workmen remove debris preparatory to the erection of a garage on the site of the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 28, 1945.
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In this Nov. 29, 1942 file photo, patrons' shoes and sheet music from orchestra lie amid the ruins of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, where 492 people died and hundreds more were injured in a fire the night before. The fire still stands today as the nation’s deadliest nightclub fire and led to stricter enforcement of fire codes and to innovations in the treatment of burn victims.
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In this Nov. 29, 1942, file photo, police and firemen watch the rear entrance to the "Melody Lounge" section of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, where 492 people died and hundreds more were injured in a fire the night before. The fire still stands today as the nation’s deadliest nightclub fire and led to stricter enforcement of fire codes and to innovations in the treatment of burn victims.
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Chairs are piled up inside the charred Cocoanut Grove nightclub in the Back Bay section of Boston, Nov. 29, 1942, after the prior night's fire in which 492 patrons of the club were killed.
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In this Nov. 29, 1942, file photo, a man heads toward the three archways at the front entrance of the burned Cocoanut Grove nightclub in the Back Bay section of Boston.
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In this Nov. 28, 1942, file photo, firemen inspect the ruins of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, where 492 people died and hundreds more were injured in a fire. The fire still stands today as the nation’s deadliest nightclub fire and led to stricter enforcement of fire codes and to innovations in the treatment of burn victims.
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In this Nov. 28, 1942, file photo, workers help remove victims from the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, where 492 people died and hundreds more were injured in a fire. The fire still stands today as the nation’s deadliest nightclub fire and led to stricter enforcement of fire codes and to innovations in the treatment of burn victims.
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Smoke pours from the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, right, during the fire of Nov. 28, 1942, in the Back Bay section of Boston. Four hundred and ninety-two people died in the fire.
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Survivors of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in the Back Bay section of Boston are carried out to safety during chaotic rescue efforts, Nov. 28, 1942, during a blaze that took the lives of 492 patrons.
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Boston City firefighters and policemen and emergency service workers jam the street outside the Cocoanut Grove nightlcub during a sudden fire that swept the club before patrons had a chance to escape, Nov. 28, 1942.
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