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Archive for September, 2007

Udec: Lighting The Way to Safety Presents: The Collinwood School Fire

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Historical Moment: The 1908 Collinwood School Fire
The Collinwood School Fire of Collinwood Ohio, also known as the Lakeview Elementary School Fire, occurred March 4, 1908, killing 172 students, two teachers and a rescuer. It was one of the deadliest disasters of its type in the United States during its era
The fire began shortly after 9 […]

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Udec: Lighting The Way to Safety Presents: The Manilla Ozone Disco Fire

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Historical Moment: The 1996 Ozone Disco Fire
March 20, 1996 was a night of fun celebrating the end of the school year when the worst night club fire in the Philippines took the lives of over 150 young people.
The Ozone Disco Pub in suburban Manila was a place where upper middle-class teens went to be seen. […]

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Udec: Lighting The Way to Safety Presents: The Iroquios Theatre Fire

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Historical Moment: 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire
A holiday theatre matinee at the new Iroquois Theatre with a standing-room only crowd of 1900 people became Chicago’s deadliest fire. Over 602 people died, mostly women and children.
A tiny flame amid the backstage scenery started it. A stagehand tried to crush it out with his hand, but it […]

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Udec: Lighting The Way to Safety Presents: The Tennessee Clothes Dryer Fire

Historical Moment: 2006 Tennessee Clothes Dryer Fire
Two women, one handicapped, died in a fire when the clothes dryer in their rented single-family home malfunctioned. The wood-frame house, which had an asphalt roof, was not sprinklered.
One of the women awoke around 8:30 a.m. to the smell of smoke and telephoned the fire department. The fire […]

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Udec: Lighting The Way to Safety Presents: The Cocoanut Grove Fire

Historical Moment: The 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire
The Cocoanut Grove, one of Boston’s most elegant clubs, remains one the deadliest nightclub fires in United States history, killing 492 people and injuring hundreds more.
An underage busboy trying to replace a light bulb on the night of November 28th, lit a match to see what he was […]

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Udec: Lighting The Way to Safety Presents: Zhongshan, Guangdong Christmas Fire

Historical Moment: 2005 Zhongshan Christmas Fire
A Christmas celebration turned into a tragedy when 26 people were killed and 11 injured in a bar fire in Zhongshan City of south China’s Guangdong Province.
Over 100 to 200 people were in an illegally-opened bar, inside the Tandao Western-style restaurant, when the fire broke out shortly after 11:00 […]

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UDEC: Lighting the Way to Safety Presents: Yaoundé Train Explosion

Historical Moment: The 1998 Yaoundé train explosion
A rail accident in Yaoundé, the capital of the central African state Cameroon, on February 14th, led to the catastrophic destruction of a tanker train hauling fuel where 120 were left dead and 150 seriously injured.
A train of oil tankers derailed when it was in collided with […]

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UDEC: Lighting the Way to Safety Presents: The Tokyo Mah-jongg Parlor Fire

Historical Moment: The 2001 Tokyo Parlor Fire
A mah-jongg parlor exploded in the early hours on the morning of September 1, killing 44 people in “The Sleepless Castle,” a garish area of all-night gambling and sex shops in downtown Tokyo.
The explosion occurred at about 1 a.m. when an employee of the Ikkyu mah-jongg parlor opened the […]

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UDEC: Lighting the Way to Safety and The MGM Grand Hotel Fire

Historical Moment: 1980 MGM Grand Hotel Fire
An early morning fire on November 21 broke out in The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel and casino had over 5000 tourists and employees inside the 26-story luxury resort with 2000 rooms. The fire claimed 87 lives and injured 785 people.
The fire, […]

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Emergency Lighting and The Rockefeller Center High Rise Fire

Historical Moment: 1996 Rockefeller Center High Rise Fire
A predawn fire broke out one early fall morning at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Several fires broke out in five different remote locations, filling much of the building with smoke. Since the fire had occurred early in the morning, there were few people in […]

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