Residents remember 1990 fire at Happy Land social club that killed 87 people
THE BRONX - Bronx lawmakers and community members gathered at the scene of the Happy Land social club fire to honor those who lost their lives 24 years ago.
The massive fire, sparked by a disgruntled ex-boyfriend of a club employee, claimed the lives of 87 people in 1990. The arsonist cut off the only way out of the club by pouring gasoline on the stairs. The fire exits had been blocked to keep people from entering the club without paying.
Community Board 6 and local lawmakers held a press conference at the club's memorial Friday, at the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Southern Boulevard.
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Affected families say they are still fighting to ensure nightclubs are up to code when it comes to managing fire hazards.
The club's owner at the time is currently behind bars for criminal negligence.