List of nightclub fires

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This is a list of notable nightclub fires at indoor and outdoor venues. Many involve pyrotechnic failures.

Name Location Year Deaths Injuries Origin Accelerant Notes
Study Club fire Detroit, Michigan, US 1929 22 50 draperies, decorations[1] Study Club was a speakeasy nightclub.
Rhythm Club fire Natchez, Mississippi, US 1940 209 200 Spanish moss sprayed with Flit The second-worst club fire in American history.
Cocoanut Grove fire Boston, Massachusetts, US 1942 492 refrigerant leak (methyl chloride) draperies, decorations The deadliest club fire in history, and the second-worst single-building fire in American history (second only to the Iroquois Theatre fire).
Karlslust dance hall fire Berlin, Germany 1947 80–88 150 stove pipe Worst fire disaster in Berlin since World War II
Top Storey Club Bolton, UK 1961 19 solvents, paints 14 died in the fire and 5 died of injuries received from jumping out of windows
Club Cinq-Sept fire Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, France 1970 146 discarded match polyurethane, paper mache
Blue Bird Café fire Montreal, Canada 1972 37 56 arson gasoline
Whiskey Au Go Go fire Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia 1973 15 arson diesel fuel
UpStairs Lounge arson attack New Orleans, Louisiana, US 1973 15 32 arson Ronsonol lighter fluid Deadliest arson attack in New Orleans at that time, and one of the deadliest attacks on LGBT people in United States history.
Summerland disaster Douglas, Isle of Man 1973 50 80 smoking soundproofing, acrylic sheeting
Gulliver's nightclub fire Port Chester, New York, US 1974 24 32 arson
Beverly Hills Supper Club fire Southgate, Kentucky, US 1977 165 200 carpeting, wooden panelling Third-worst club fire in American history.
Stardust fire Artane, Dublin, Ireland 1981 48 214 electrical cooking oil (225 gallons)
Alcalá 20 nightclub fire Madrid, Spain 1983 82 27 electrical
Happy Land fire The Bronx, New York, US 1990 87 6 arson gasoline Fifth-worst club fire in American history.
Kheyvis fire Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1993 17 24 Second-worst club fire in Argentine history.
Ozone Disco Club fire Quezon City, Philippines 1996 162 95 acoustic foam Worst fire in Philippine history.
Gothenburg discothèque fire Gothenburg, Sweden 1998 63 213 arson
Luoyang Christmas fire Luoyang, Henan, China 2000 309 50 welding Second-deadliest club fire in history.
Lobohombo explosion Mexico city, Mexico 2000 22 24 gas canisters[2]
Volendam New Year's fire Volendam, Netherlands 2001 14 241 sparkler decorations (Christmas)
Canecão Mineiro nightclub fire Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2001 7 197 pyrotechnics
The Station nightclub fire West Warwick, Rhode Island, US 2003 100 230 pyrotechnics soundproofing foam Fourth-deadliest club fire in American history.
República Cromañón nightclub fire Buenos Aires, Argentina 2004 194 1432 pyrotechnics plastic net (media sombra), styrofoam and wood decorations, acoustic panels Worst club fire in Argentine history.
Factory nightclub fire Quito, Ecuador 2008 15 35 pyrotechnics[3]
Wuwang Club fire Shenzhen, Guangdong, China 2008 43 88 pyrotechnics
Santika Club fire Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand 2009 66 222 disputed tar paper, plastic waterproofing Possibly started by fireworks (disputed, see article).
Lame Horse fire Perm, Russia 2009 156 ≤160 pyrotechnics decorations (willow twig) Worst fire in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Jack Daniels nightclub fire Taichung, Taiwan 2011 9 13 Originated during a fire show by a male dancer onstage, described as holding sparklers,[4] a torch[5] or LED torch that malfunctioned and produced sparks.[6]
Kiss nightclub fire Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 2013 242 168 pyrotechnics acoustic foam Worst club fire and second worst fire disaster in Brazil. Third deadliest club fire in history.
Formosa Fun Coast explosion New Taipei City, Taiwan 2015 14 498 dust explosion thrown cornstarch Most wounded in a man-made accident in Taiwan in 50 years[citation needed]
Colectiv nightclub fire Bucharest, Romania 2015 64 160 pyrotechnics acoustic foam (polyurethane) Worst club fire in Romanian history.

See also


  2. "Brazil, Mexico And Other Deadly Nightclub Fires In Latin America". Huffington Post. 2013-01-28. 
  3. "Brazil, Mexico And Other Deadly Nightclub Fires In Latin America". Huffington Post. 2013-01-28. 
  4. "Nine die in pub fire in Taiwan". Sydney Morning Herald. 2011-03-06. 
  5. "Taiwan nightclub fire kills 9". UPI. 2011-03-06. 
  6. "9 die in night club fire in central Taiwan city of Taichung". The China Post. 2011-03-06.