The Zebra Room

Rebecca Torline

California, United States

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The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky is the third deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. It occurred on the night of May 28, 1977, during the Memorial Day weekend. In the blaze, 165 persons died and over 200 were injured. It is believed as many as 3,000 patrons and 182 employees were inside the club at 9:00 p.m. on the evening of the fire. Because of overcrowding, additional guests had been squeezed into the Cabaret room on temporary seats erected on ramps to the stage. The building’s fire safety standards were woefully inadequate. Despite their efforts to avoid a proper inspection by the Fire Marshall, the club’s owners claimed to be unaware that it did not meet fire code requirements. In October 2007, the Kentucky Historical Society placed a historical highway marker along the base of the driveway leading up to the club in remembrance of the tragic event that has been labeled as the worst fire in the history of the commonwealth.(wkipedia.org) There is a memorial to the fallen at the top of the hill.

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