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Today in fire history: a fire in a second-floor cocktail lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans kills 32 and injures 12 others

Blog Post created by paulalevesque Employee on Jun 24, 2014

On June 24, 1973, a fire in a second-floor cocktail lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans killed 32 UpstairsLoungeFront patrons and injured 12 others.  The fire was deliberately set on the stairway of the main entrance, blocking the normal exit route from the lounge.  Combustible wood paneling and carpet in the stairway provided fuel for the fire.  In the confusion that followed, 20 people
escaped through a rear door, 15 others escaped through windows, and 28 bodies were recovered from the lounge after the fire. of those who escaped, one died before reaching the hospital, three died later if burn injuries, and seven others were critically burned. Upstairsloungeinside

 

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