India School Fire in 1995 Killed Over 500

On this day in 1995, over 500 people were killed during a school ceremony in Dabwali, Haryana India. There were entire families and mostly children that were killed that day.

The school had set up a large tent/membrane structure for a special event for the school.  It is believe that a short circuit in some wiring could have started the fire.

The large loss of life was primarily due to the stampede created from the panic from the rapidly spreading fire. It was reported that there were over 1200 people in the tent at the time of the fire.  This could happen here to any jurisdiction. Inspections need to be done on these events and temporary structures to ensure proper wiring and adequate exits.  Stay safe and diligent.

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