Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

US 27, Southgate, KY

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Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger

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"Site of Beverly Hills Supper Club, popular night spot from 1930s-70s. Burnt May 28, 1977 killing 165. Third worst nightclub fire in US; changed building-code enforcement. First disaster case tried as class action suit, merging 300 claims. Landmark litigation lasted years. Settlements of some $30 million. First mass tort action in USA. Emergency squads came from miles around. Temporary morgue set up in nearby Ft. Thomas Armory. Families arrived for days searching for loved ones, as site smoldered. Story dominated the news. Probable cause was faulty aluminum wiring. Most people in area knew someone who lost family here. See reverse."

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  • December 31, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • December 29, 2010: Added by Bill Eichelberger

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Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Posted January 6, 2012, by Lesli E. (Lesli [at] aol [dot] com)

I was 13 yrs. old when the club burned down in 1977. I remember my class was in total shock monday. My parents were there 2 months before it went up in flames. I've been to the site many times and even went up to the property. Luckily, no one in my family was killed or injured that nite. I never went to the resturant, but i wish i could have had the chance to have dinner there. I hope that they don't build anything on the property, it's reserved for the deceased. thank u, Lesli

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Posted January 1, 2011, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, he was. I believe his musical director was among those who didn't make it out, as well as a band member or two. We lived just over the hill from the club and watched it burn from a nearby park. Some friends went across to the fire, but I knew I had no business up there. We'd been playing in the woods near the back of the property just a few months before the fire and had discovered an old storage hut that was full of broken gambling equipment. I remember craps tables and roulette wheels specifically, but at the time they held little meaning for me.

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire
Posted January 1, 2011, by Eddie Douthitt (eddied62 [at] windstream [dot] net)

I remember this very well from the news coverage of the time. If memory serves me right, John Davidson was the headliner that night, he made it out just before the fire really spread.