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  • The Club Cinq-Sept fire was a major disaster which took place in south-eastern France on Sunday, 1 November 1970. 146 people, almost all aged between 17 and 30, died when a nightclub just outside the small town of Saint-Laurent-du-Pont, Isère was completely destroyed in a catastrophic fire. The scale of the disaster shocked the French nation. Subsequent official enquiries revealed a catalogue of shortcomings, oversights and evasions with regard to fire safety at both local and département level. Criminal charges were brought against a number of those involved, who eventually received suspended jail sentences. A number of features of the Club Cinq-Sept disaster bear a striking similarity to those pertaining to the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts.