In This day - The Knights of Columbus Fire

On the night of Saturday December 12, 1942, hundreds of American servicemen and residents of St. John’s, Newfoundland were gathered for a night of music at the Knights of Columbus hostel. At 11:10 pm a blaze that had started in the attic tore through the building burning the hostel quickly. Its windows and doors, locked and covered for blackout purposes, left victims searching for exits. In total, 99 partygoers lost their lives that night, while 109 more were left wounded by the fire.


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