Beverly Hills Supper Club memorial ceremony set for this week

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Southgate will commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire with a long-awaited memorial at the site on May 28.

The 1977 fire killed 165 people. At the time, it was the third-worst nightclub fire in the U.S. The 80-acre, 54,000-square-foot entertainment complex didn’t have smoke detectors, sprinklers, smoke alarms, or enough exits for the overcrowded venue. The tragedy led to changes in building-code enforcement.

On the anniversary, the city will unveil the public memorial, which will include the names of the victims, a list of local first responder units that responded to the fire, maps of the site in 1977, and a list of fire safety regulations that were implemented after the blaze.

Scheduled speakers for the dedication include:

  • Southgate Mayor Jim Hamberg
  • Southgate Volunteer Fire Department John Beatsch
  • David Brock, who was working as a busboy the night of the fire and has been an advocate for survivors of the fire. 
  • Matt Olliges, Partner, Vision Realty Group, representing developers of the Memorial Pointe residential community.
  • Dennis Keene, Commission, KY Department of Local Government. 

The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 28th, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 525 Alexandria Pike, Southgate.

Parking and shuttle buses will be available at nearby Fort Thomas Plaza, located at 90 Alexandria Pike.

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