A fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, on May 28, 1977, killed 165 patrons and
employees and injured another 70 people. The Beverly Hills fire was the worst multiple-death building fire in the United States since the 1942 fire in Boston's Cocoanut Grove night club.
One of the major factors contributing to the large loss of life in this fire was:
- The fire in the Zebra Room developed for a considerable time before discovery. The presence of concealed, combustible ceiling tile and wood materials used for supports provided a fuel supply for continued spread of the fire through the original ceiling and other concealed spaces.