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Community remembers 165 killed in Beverly Hills Supper Club fire 45 years ago

Published: May. 28, 2022 at 12:12 PM EDT
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SOUTHGATE, Ky. (WXIX) - Community members remembered the 165 lives claimed in a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club 45 years ago.

Respecting the Dead of the Beverly Hills Organization hosted an anniversary memorial service for those who died on May 28, 1977.

David Brock, one of the event organizers, says he saw everything unfold firsthand.

“I was a 19-year-old busboy in 1977. I was here that night of the fire,” said Brock.

He adds that the fire started from a filter washing system in the basement.

“The carnage,” Brock says. “I mean 169 people died being in front of the place where it exploded. I was in front of the Zebra room right at nine o’clock. A busboy comes down and kicks both doors, and it exploded of backdraft.”

In addition to those who died, the fire injured more than 200 people, including five firefighters.

Those paying their respects gathered on the hill near the South Hills Medical Center.

Ashley Builders Group and Vision Realty Group purchased the site in Aug. 2021 to build a Memorial Pointe residential community that includes a memorial for those killed in the fire.

The finalized purchase of the site comes after a settlement was reached in a civil suit in November of 2020.

The memorial will go up along US-27 at the bottom of the hill and will include:

  • The names of the victims
  • A list of first responder units that responded to the fire
  • A list of the federal and state fire safety regulations that were implemented as a result of the fire
  • Maps of the site in 1977

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