87 victims of Happy Land nightclub fire remembered 29 years later

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The victims of the Happy Land nightclub fire in the Bronx were remembered Monday at a special memorial service 29 years later.

Eighty-seven people were killed when the West Farms nightclub went up in flames in 1990. A monument sitting across the street from the site of the flames remembers the victims.

Community members united Monday night for a special Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Congregants then held a procession to the monument.

Convicted arsonist Julio Gonzalez set the club on fire using gasoline following an argument with his ex-girlfriend, who worked there. The club lacked adequate exits and alarms.

The fire is among the reasons for various regulations, including occupancy limits, exit signs and smoke detectors.

Community Board 6 says there will be an even bigger memorial next year for the 30th anniversary.

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