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Kentucky Nightclub Fire #48836

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 31, 1977
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(Studio) Cleanup efforts continue in aftermath of nightclub fire in Southgate, Kentucky. Funerals for victims begin.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No location given) Explosion of generator is ruled out as cause and coroner revises death toll to 158. Busboy Walter Bailey says reason so many died in Cabaret Room is that exits led to cocktail lounge, not outside. [BAILEY - describes experience.] Questions now arising re: effectiveness of Kentucky laws on safety and how well they were enforced here.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart

(N. College Hill, Ohio) 1st funeral for victims noted; was for 5 members of same family. Survivors must find own peace. [Joseph GRIFFITH - can't ever wipe this type of incident from mind.] Savings and loan awards banquet was in progress; apparently all but 3 survived. [Donald SIEMERS - cites wife's fears resulting from experience.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Reasoner, Harry;
Stewart, Bill

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