A look at some of the deadliest nightclub fires

Nightclub fires
A child lights a candle in front of a monument erected in the memory of the 64 people who were killed when Colectiv club caught fire during a rock concert in October 2015 in Bucharest, Romania.
(Andrei Pungovschi / AFP/Getty Images)

A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in Oakland has claimed the lives of at least nine people. At least two dozen are still unaccounted for.

Here’s look at some other nightclub and music venue fires that have exacted terrible death tolls:

— October 2015: A blaze at the Colectiv nightclub in the Romanian capital of Bucharest killed 64 people and injured nearly 150 others. A spark from a band’s pyrotechnic show ignited the foam ceiling, erupting into flames.

— January 2013: A fire killed more than 200 people at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. Soundproofing foam on the ceiling caught fire and released poisonous gases. 


— December 2009: Some 152 people died when a blaze started by an indoor fireworks display broke out at the Lame Horse nightclub in Perm, Russia.

— January 2009: An indoor fireworks display after a New Year’s countdown ignited a blaze in the Santika club in Bangkok, Thailand, killing 67 people.

— September 2008: A fire killed 44 people at the jammed King of Dancers nightclub in Shenzhen, China, when a stampede broke out after a fireworks show ignited the ceiling.

— December 2004: In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a fire killed 194 people at the crowded Cromagnon Republic club after a flare ignited ceiling foam.


— February 2003: A fire at the Station nightclub in Warwick, R.I., killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. Fireworks being used by the band Great White set fire to flammable foam inside the club.

— December 2000: A fire that was blamed on a welding accident killed 309 people at a disco in the central Chinese city of Luoyang.

— October 1998: An arson attack against an overcrowded youth disco in the Swedish city of Goteborg killed 63 people and left about 200 injured. Four people were later convicted for starting the fire.

— March 1996: A fire at the Ozone Disco Pub in Quezon City, Philippines, killed 162 people. Many of the victims were students celebrating the end of the academic year.

— March 1990: An arson attack at the Happy Land nightclub in the Bronx borough of New York City killed 87 people. A man angry with his girlfriend threw gasoline on the club’s only exit and then jammed down the metal front gate, trapping people inside.

— May 1977: A fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky., killed 165 people and injured more than 200.

— November 1942: The deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history killed 492 people at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove club. The fire led to new requirements for sprinkler systems and accessible exits.

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