A look back at Boston's fire and disaster history

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Mar 27, 2014

Yesterday's tragic loss of two on-duty firefighters in Boston brings to mind other fires and disasters that have occurred in Boston.

In 2011, NFPA Journal® featured an article "Boston Fire Trail" in which author/historian Stephanie Schorow provided a walking tour of the city's major fires and disasters, including the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, the molasses flood of 1915, the 1872 Great Fire of Boston, and the Hotel Vendome blaze that killed nine firefighters.

"Celebrated and much imitated, the Freedom Trail winds through Boston marking highlights of the American Revolution, ranging from Paul Revere’s home to the Battle of Bunker Hill," wrote Ms. Schorow. "An unmarked trail, more somber but no less significant, also winds through Boston, a city that has seen more than its share of major fires and disasters." Read the full article.

Video: Author/historian Stephanie Schorow presents three infamous fires that took place in the city of Boston: The Great Boston Fire of 1872, the 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire, and the collapse of the Hotel Vendome in 1972.