Posted: Jan 28, 2013 6:29 PM by Josh Breslow
Updated: Jan 28, 2013 6:32 PM
More than three decades have passed since an estimated 165 people were killed in a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Campbell County.
The fire broke out on the night of May 28, 1977. David Brock was 18 at the time and worked at the Supper Club as a bus boy.
"I relive it all the time," Brock told LEX 18. "I'm one of the lucky ones that made it... it sounded like a freight train in the rooms. There was so much air and combustion and there was explosions in the walls, ceiling tiles dropping."
Over the weekend, more than 230 people were killed, many of them college students, in a similar fire at the Kiss Nightclub in southern Brazil. Investigators said the club had no fire alarm, no sprinklers, no fire escapes, and a fire extinguisher inside was not working.
Watching the reports out of Brazil, Brock says, is like reliving the deadliest fire in Kentucky history.
"It's amazing that could happen 35 years later," Brock said. "I couldn't imagine how these people felt. They tried to get ahold of their kids and weren't able to. They'll never get over that. Never."
Brock wants fires like these to serve as a reminder to pay close attention to your surroundings. If a place seems overcrowded, he says, go somewhere else. It's advice Brock believes could be the difference between life and death.
Investigators blamed the Beverly Hills fire on faulty wiring, but Brock tells LEX 18 that he is still certain that it was arson.
As for this weekend's deadly fire, officials said pyrotechnics apparently ignited insulation on the club's ceiling. Reports out of Brazil claim as many as four people have been detained in connection with the fire. No word on what charges, if any, these people could face.