Bayou Blue, LA Disco Fire Kills 5, June 1981


Bayou Blue, La., (UPI) - Fire swept through a disco and pool hall in this remote Louisiana community early Sunday, killing three women and two men. Officials said they expected arson.
ANDREA VOISON, 19, of Houma, was listed in critical condition at Terrebonne General Hospital.
Authorities in Bayou Blue said the Odyssey Lounge was engulfed in flames, sending more than 200 revelers stampeding for the single exit left unblocked by fire.
"Panic just broke out," said one man who smelled smoke while playing pool.
"People started running toward the front door. People started screaming and hollering. I saw a couple people fall down and get run over by the crowd, but they were able to get back up and run out."
Four persons died inside the metal frame, single-story building, authorities said. The fifth collapsed and died after stumbling outside.
Two of the woman reportedly died in the rest room, while another victim died near the rear of the lounge.
The fire, which was reported about 3:45 a.m. was brought under control by 5 a.m.
More than 125 firefighters from six volunteer units and one regular company battled the blaze in this bayou community 50 miles southwest of New Orleans.
Firemen complained they were hampered by huge crowds from the Odyssey and two adjacent lounges, milling about and watching the flames.
Bayou Blue Fire Chief Eugene Cadiere said some spectators even grabbed at fire hoses, frustrating the men trying to control the fire.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1981-06-29

Killed were:
ROBERT SKINNER, 23, all of Houma.
GLENN NAQUIN, 25, of Montegut.
All died of smoke inhalation.