THE COCOANUT GROVE FIRE COALITION
The Cocoanut Grove Coalition
is a consortium of archives, historical societies, and museums
which facilitates access to archival documents, images, and artifacts relating to the Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942.
BOSTON FIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Cocoanut Grove Fire
November 28, 1942
2220 Hours, Box 1521, 5 Alarms
NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION
PAST + PRESENT
Author(s): Fred Durso, Scott Sutherland Published on November 1, 2012
On the 70th anniversary of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire,
NFPA launches a new effort to collect and conserve
the event’s stories and artifacts. Read more...
LAST DANCE AT THE COCOANUT GROVE
Author(s): Casey Grant Published on November 1, 2007
To those unfamiliar with the Cocoanut Grove, the name itself brings to mind palm trees, laughing crowds, coconuts, dancing and just a good place to go and enjoy oneself with friends. The Grove had all of this. But, this is not how it's remembered. In Boston, the Cocoanut Grove is etched forever in history as a city's worst nightmare, with piercing screams, wild-eyed panic, and terrible heartbreak. Read more...
...While innovations in burn treatment were a major focus, burns were not the only medical problem. Upon arrival at the hospitals, it was obvious that a large number of patients had severe respiratory distress.
Some patients showed evidence of obstruction to the air passages.
Non-burn specialists were quickly called to the scene to perform laryngoscopes, tracheal suction and tracheotomies.
Such a large number of respiratory patients at one time enabled doctors and researchers to better understand the impact of various treatments, leading to many advances in the field. Read More...