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NFPA Journal looks at the Happy Land Social Club fire
Another deadly nightclub fire...but this one happened 23 years ago. In the wee hours of March 25, 1990, the Happy Land Social Club in the Bronx was packed with young Honduran immigrants celebrating Carnival when Julio Gonzalez, a 36-year-old unemployed Cuban refugee, was ejected from the club after a fight with his former girlfriend. Gonzalez filled a plastic container with $1 worth of gasoline at a nearby gas station, then returned to the club, poured the gas on the floor of the club’s only open entrance, threw in some lit matches, and left. Read about the horrifying aftermath in "Looking Back" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.