Thirty-Nine Die in Theatre Fire Panic

Issue 6 and Volume 108.

Thirty-Nine Die in Theatre Fire Panic Thirty-nine persons, most of them children, died on Sunday April 3rd, last, in a fire that destroyed the Cine Rio motion picture theatre at Sclessin, near Liege, Belgium. The flash fire broke out behind the screen and spread rapidly, blocking the emergency exit located under the screen to the 130 persons in the 212-seat movie. Fed by pressed-cardbpard furnishings on the walls, the fire spread so quickly that victims could not reach the other exit, a 6-foot-wide passage. The movie house, which was showing a children’s film, “Adventure of Seville,” was destroyed in 15 minutes. The theatre, a narrow building in the middle of a Belgian and Italian steel workers’ district, had only the two exits and these were reported impassible within a couple of minutes. The fire started at 6:00 P.M., believed caused by an explosion of a kerosene oil reservoir system. According…

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