List of nightclub fires

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

Name Location Country Year Deaths Injuries Origin Accelerant Notes
Study Club fire Detroit, Michigan United States 1929 22 50 draperies, decorations[1] Prohibition-era speakeasy nightclub
Rhythm Club fire Natchez, Mississippi United States 1940 209 200 Spanish moss sprayed with Flit Second-worst club fire in American history
Cocoanut Grove fire Boston, Massachusetts United States 1942 492 undetermined (disputed) draperies, decorations, possibly a refrigerant leak (methyl chloride) 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 8088 150 stove pipe Worst fire disaster in Berlin since World War II
Top Storey Club Bolton, England United Kingdom 1961 19 solvents, paints 14 died in the fire and 5 died of injuries received from jumping out of windows
Dale's Penthouse Montgomery, Alabama United States 1967 26 8 non-extinguished tobacco pipe left in jacket pocket in the cloakroom Restaurant/lounge on top floor of an 11-story building with no fire escape
Club Cinq-Sept fire Saint-Laurent-du-Pont France 1970 146 discarded match polyurethane, paper mache
Blue Bird Café fire Montreal, Quebec Canada 1972 37 56 arson gasoline
Playtown Cabaret fire Osaka Japan 1972 118 81 discarded match or cigarette butt clothing Club on top floor of a seven-story building with no fire escape
Whiskey Au Go Go fire Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland Australia 1973 15 arson diesel fuel
UpStairs Lounge arson attack New Orleans, Louisiana United States 1973 32 15 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 United States 1974 24 32 arson
Beverly Hills Supper Club fire Southgate, Kentucky United States 1977 165 200 carpeting, wooden panelling Third-worst club fire in American history
Infinity disco fire New York City United States 1979 Originally Pfaff's beer cellar
Denmark Place fire Central London United Kingdom 1980 37 23 arson gasoline
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 United States 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
Yiyuan Disco fire Fuxin China 1994 233 16 furniture (caused by burning newspaper)[2] decorations
Ozone Disco fire Quezon City Philippines 1996 162 95 unknown, possibly electrical 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[3]
Volendam New Year's fire Volendam Netherlands 2001 14 241 pyrotechnics (sparkler) decorations (Christmas)
Canecão Mineiro nightclub fire Belo Horizonte Brazil 2001 7 197 pyrotechnics
Myojo 56 building fire Kabukicho, Shinjuku Japan 2001 44 3 suspected arson Fifth-deadliest fire in post-war Japanese history
Utopia nightclub fire Santiago de Surco, Lima Peru 2002 29 57 torch
The Station nightclub fire West Warwick, Rhode Island United States 2003 100 230 pyrotechnics acoustic 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 pyrotechnics (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
Sabor Latino fire Rome Italy 2010 208 4 [4][5] electric [6] acoustic foam
Jack Daniels nightclub fire Taichung Taiwan 2011 9 13 Originated during a fire show by a male dancer onstage, described as holding sparklers,[7] a torch,[8] or LED torch that malfunctioned and produced sparks[9]
Tiger Disco fire Patong Thailand 2012 4 11 electrical acoustic foam Officially attributed to a short circuit,[10] unconfirmed reports stated that the fire started when lightning struck a nearby transformer.[11]
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 15 497 dust explosion cornstarch suspended in air Greatest number wounded by a man-made accident in Taiwan in 50 years
Colectiv nightclub fire Bucharest Romania 2015 64 160 pyrotechnics acoustic foam (polyurethane) Worst club fire in Romanian history
Ghost Ship collective fire Oakland, California United States 2016 36 2 TBD TBD Converted warehouse used as art collective and venue. Fire officials say staircase to second floor was made out of wooden pallets.

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