The worst fire disasters of the 20th century

On March 25, dozens of people died as a result of a fire on the territory of a shopping center located in Kemerovo. In this issue we will talk about other similar cases of human irresponsibility in the 20th century that led to the death of people.

November 22, 1942 on the territory of the Boston night club “Coconut Grove” occurred one of the worst tragedies associated with fire in the history of America. According to the police, the causes of the fire have not yet been known, but it is because of this that the US law has changed. The fact is that during the fire, the only way out of the building was a revolving door, which simply broke down as a result of people’s panic. As a result, they could not get out, and the number of victims that day was 490 people. Since then, a law has been passed obliging building owners to use ordinary doors that open to the outside as safety nets.

February 25, 1977 in the Moscow hotel “Russia” at the same time on several floors there was a fire covering an area of ​​more than 3000 square meters. As a result, part of the hotel guests were trapped in the floor between the floors. Due to the presence of synthetic carpets in the corridors of the hotel, the fire spread at an incredible speed, which led not only to 42 deaths, but also to the fading of more than 100 rooms. With the passage of time, the hotel complex, once included in the Guinness Book of Records, it was decided to dismantle, which happened in 2010.

June 3, 1989 there was the largest railway accident in the history of Russia and the USSR. At 11 kilometers from the town of Ashi, Chelyabinsk Region, as a result of a gas pipeline leak and a further explosion, 573 people, including 181 children, were killed when two oncoming trains passed nearby. Unfortunately, the crash site is located in a sparsely populated and inaccessible area, which greatly complicated the work of firefighters, and in particular led to the fact that another 623 people from those injured during the fire were disabled.

In conclusion, let’s say about the fire, which became the largest in terms of the number of victims in the territory of post-Soviet Russia. On December 5, 2009, in the Lame Horse nightclub, events occurred that caused the death of 156 people. As a result of the pyrotechnic show and the irresponsible attitude to fire safety, the melting plastic and the overcrowding of the club led to an enormous number of victims, some of which burned alive, and the other remained permanently disabled. The owners of the club and pyrotechnics were prosecuted and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 4 to 10 years.