• Short Summary

    Thirty-one people - mainly Scandinavian tourists - died in a fire which swept through the Rhodes nightclub "Oscar" on Saturday night (September 23), following a short circuit.

  • Description

    Thirty-one people - mainly Scandinavian tourists - died in a fire which swept through the Rhodes nightclub "Oscar" on Saturday night (September 23), following a short circuit.

    A police spokesman reported that the majority died when they panicked as the fire alarm spread, and were jammed on the narrow single staircase which led to the first-floor dance hall. Fireman were unable to control the fire and the building is said to have burnt out in a matter of seconds. The building was primarily made of wood, and most of the de decorations are said to have been of highly inflammable materials - such as wood, straw, velvet and others.

    The police spokesman said: "Most of the tourists were on the dance floor where there was an orchestra playing..... All were trapped on the first floor, and, because of the panic, nobody was able to leave the dance floor by the stairs. Many jumped from windows. And others were burned beyond recognition."
    The tourists belonged to a party which had been taken to the club for an evening of eating, drinking and dancing. Apart from the 31 who died, 16 others were injured and taken to various hospitals for treatment, six of them are said to be in a serious condition.

    As investigators ???ifted through the blackened shell of the burnt-out club, police were attempting to identify the dead - many unrecognisably burnt and with all identification papers lost. At this time there are about 25,000 tourists on the Aegean island, and a movement of 2,000 tourists coming and going each day - making almost impossible the checking of hotel registers and other possible sources of identification.

    SYNOPSIS: The burnt out shell of a club on the Aegean island of Rhodes, in which thirty-one people died during a flash fire on Saturday night. Most on them were on the first floor dance floor when the alarm broke - and, panicking, rushed to a narrow, wooden staircase, where they became crushed, blocking the exist to those who followed.

    Most of the dead were Scandinavian tourists out for a night of dining and dancing. And, as investigators sifted through the debris, police were attempting to identify the victims, many of whom had been burnt beyond recognition. There are some twenty-five thousand tourists on the island, and a daily in and out movement of another two thousand, making the checking of hotel registers and other sources of identification doubly difficult.

    Apart from the dead, sixteen more persons were taken to hospital, six of them seriously injured. A Greek police spokesman said that the building in which the disaster occurred had been primarily made of woo, and the decorations of such inflammable materials as wood, straw and velvet. And, he added, firemen had been unable to control the fire which burnt out the club in a matter of seconds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA37HL3R0E1JFOPPQCHWTAQSERC
    Media URN:
    VLVA37HL3R0E1JFOPPQCHWTAQSERC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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