Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Strand Theatre Fire

The March 10, 1941, blaze claimed the lives of 13 firefighters in Brockton, Massachusetts

In the early morning hours of March 10, 1941, 13 Brockton firefighters were killed and an additional 20 were injured while fighting a fire in the Strand Theatre, located in downtown Brockton. Firefighters were operating in the balcony area struggling to open the heavy plaster walls when the roof collapsed. Twelve firefighters died at the scene. A thirteenth firefighter was rescued but succumbed to his injuries within days of the fire.

Watch our previously recorded Facebook Live discussion about a 1941 theatre fire in Brockton, Massachusetts, which resulted in 13 firefighter line-of-duty deaths. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Director of Fire Programs, John Tippett, is joined by After The Fire Podcast Host Jon Nelson, and Retired Brockton Fire Chief Kenneth Galligan to discuss the fire and the acquisition of the original Squad A apparatus that was at the Strand Theatre Fire.






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