Global & Disaster Medicine

12/5/1876: A fire at the Brooklyn Theater in New York kills nearly 300 people and injures hundreds more

History Channel

“….Sometime near the start of the performance, a gas light ignited some extra scenery stored in the fly space behind the stage. It wasn’t until midway through the play that stagehands noticed the quickly spreading flames. Unfortunately, there were no fire hoses or water buckets at hand and the fire spread, unbeknownst to the cast and audience…..”


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