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    Default 72 years.. the Strand Theatre fire, Brockton, MA

    March 10, 1941... 13 Brockton (MA) firefighters were killed when the roof of the Strand theater collapsed.
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    Tragic loss...
    I looked it up, Brockton put up a nice memorial.
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    The respect the Fire Service enjoys today has been bought and paid for with the lives of our fallen Brothers. I hope they are resting peacefully.

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    RIP Brothers



    Thanks for posting. I'm looking it up as I type.
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    From CommandSafety.com, the more things change the more they stay the same...

    No definite cause for the fire was ever discovered. Initial reports of arson proved to be inconclusive. Further investigation revealed that the unprotected steel roof trusses played a major role in the collapse. The heat of the fire within the concealed space between the roof and the auditorium ceiling was believed to have distorted the steel trusses, causing them to buckle and separate with ease. Experts questioned the effectiveness of the construction and design used in the roof assembly. Some reports state that the weight of a previous snowfall may have added to the collapse. However, witness accounts and photographs indicate a minimal amount of snow.
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