This fire took place in Nov. 23, 1963, the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The fire claimed the lives of 63 of the 84 patients in the facility.
The fire started at approx. 4:45AM from what is believed to have been overloaded electrical wiring. After the fire recommendations made for all nursing homes included sprinkler systems, automatic fire detection alarms, electrical code compliance and other code enforcement measures.