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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Land Fire Documentary in the Works

On March 25, 1990, in the wee hours of the morning, Delmo Flores arrived at the corner of Southern Boulevard and East Tremont Avenue, and watched in horror as a fire consumed the Happy Land social club, where he had planned on spending the rest of the night.

The dance club lacked emergency exits, sprinklers, and exit signs, and an arson fire started by a jealous lover with $1 worth of gasoline and two matches spread quickly, trapping and killing 87 people within minutes. It was one of the deadliest mass murders in New York history.

Twenty years later, Community Board 6, in conjunction with Bronxnet, is collecting stories like Flores’ for a short documentary which will commemorate the anniversary of the Happy Land fire.

More here in the Tremont Tribune.

By Hannah Dreier


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