Historical Markers: Bay Village

Cocoanut Grove Fire Site - Piedmont Street

On the evening of November 28, 1942, a fire that started in the Melody Lounge swept through the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, killing more than 490 people. Overcrowding, locked exit doors and toxic flammable furnishings all contributed to the death toll, the highest in the history of Boston. The lessons from this tragedy saved the lives of many future fire victims; fire safety codes and public building regulations were strengthened and the treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation changed dramatically.