FREE! Click here to Join FunTrivia. Thousands of games, quizzes, and lots more!
Fires Quizzes, Trivia and Puzzles
Fires Quizzes, Trivia

Fires Trivia

Fires Trivia Quizzes

  1. Home
  2. »
  3. Quizzes
  4. »
  5. History Trivia
  6. »
  7. Disasters

Fun Trivia
9 Fires quizzes and 90 Fires trivia questions.
Blast and Blazes
  Blast and Blazes   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
World history records the ashes of many great fires and conflagrations - how much do you know about this selection of historically significant fiery events?
Easier, 10 Qns, Fifiona81, Mar 16 15
Fifiona81 editor
706 plays
Fires are often overlooked in history - and yet they have proved again and again that they are a destructive force to be reckoned with, often shaping history into what it is. How much do you know about these famous historical flames?
Average, 10 Qns, thegogga, Dec 12 08
1318 plays
  Aspiring Fires   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fires have minds of their own, and it comes as no surprise that in their reckless destruction they seek to be the biggest, most dangerous they can be. See if you can recall these major fires from history. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Oct 13 15
kyleisalive editor
469 plays
  The Stench of Burning Flesh    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While learning how to use fire may have been a great step forward for humankind, it does have its dark side. Here are some questions about some of the world's deadliest fires.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Feb 07 17
1164 plays
  Fire at the Cocoanut Grove   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The fire at the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub was a disaster in terms of the number of dead but it also influenced safety regulations and psychological studies.
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Apr 24 15
559 plays
  Great Balls of Fire! Test Your Knowledge   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While the ability to make fire was a great step forward in the history of humankind, there are times when fire is not our friend. Here are 10 fires from around the world and questions about their locations, causes, and aftermaths.
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Aug 19 16
525 plays
  Gutted!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fire is both our friend and our enemy. This quiz, (my hundredth by the way), asks questions on some notorious fires in history. Best of luck.
Tough, 10 Qns, Fiachra, Nov 10 10
1110 plays
  The Great Butter Fire    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Great Butter Fire made national news and caused people all over to smile. But it was serious business.
Tough, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Jun 20 18
Jun 20 18
186 plays
  1940 Rhythm Club Fire   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
On April 23, 1940, a fire broke out at the Rhythm Club in Mississippi. How much do you know about this terrible tragedy?
Average, 10 Qns, jennika1978, Jun 22 07
306 plays
trivia question Quick Question
In the 1990s, the oil fields of Kuwait were set ablaze during what major war, causing considerable environmental and economic damages?

From Quiz "Aspiring Fires"

Fires Trivia Questions

1. In what mid-western city did the butter fire occur? It has been called "Athens of the Mid-West", "Madcity", "Four Lakes City", and "72 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality".

From Quiz
The Great Butter Fire

Answer: Madison, Wisconsin

Life Magazine in a 1940s feature article dubbed Madison the "Athens of the Mid-West; "Four Lakes" underscores its recreational advantages; "Madcity" came out as reputation as a laid back party town; 72 square miles was a name bestowed by a former frustrated governor.

2. In which city, in 1981, were 48 people killed in what became known as the Stardust Fire?

From Quiz Great Balls of Fire!

Answer: Dublin, Ireland

This nightclub fire caused the deaths of 48 people and injury to 214 people. The Stardust Nightclub was a very popular disco located in Dublin, Ireland. The origin of the fire has never been proven, but it is known that an alarm was never sounded and the patrons were not informed when the fire was found. They became aware of the fire only when the lights went out because the fire had spread into the ceiling. Many of the fire exits were padlocked or chained shut. In July of 1985, the song "They Never Came Home" was written and performed by Irish folk singer Christy Moore in remembrance of the event and the victims.

3. In what city in the eastern United States was the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub located?

From Quiz Fire at the Cocoanut Grove

Answer: Boston

Boston was the site of the fire. The Cocoanut Grove was 'the place to be and be seen' in that era of the early 1940s. Actually, it was divided into two sections. One was a dining room and dancing area which had a roof that could be rolled back in fair weather for dancing under the stars. Downstairs was the Melody Lounge which featured a piano bar. Located in the Bay Village neighborhood of Boston at 17 Piedmont Street it had first come to life as a 'speakeasy' of the prohibition era.

4. How many people were killed in the Rhythm Club fire?

From Quiz 1940 Rhythm Club Fire

Answer: 209

This is an approximation. The exact number is unknown, but this is the most commonly cited number. All of those killed were African Americans. Several were school children, as young as sixth graders! Many others were severely injured. It was said that every black family in town lost someone due to the fire.

5. In which US city were 300 people killed by fire in 1871?

From Quiz Gutted!

Answer: Chicago

Most buildings at the time were timber, and to add to the fire risk the sidewalks, (wooden), had just been completed. 1871 was a very dry summer so when fire began it took hold very easily. 17,000 buildings were gutted.

6. Central Storage and Warehouse was reported to the fire department at 3:31pm on May 3, 1991. How far away was the nearest fire station?

From Quiz The Great Butter Fire

Answer: Across the street

Fire Station #5 was across the street. As first responders they held the fire under control until reinforcements arrived from other stations. Concern was the mixed use neighborhood that contained many small businesses and apartments and single family dwelling were in danger. Three thousand residents had to be evacuated.

7. On December 17, 1961, in the Brazilian city of Niteroi, a tent at which type of entertainment caught on fire leading to the deaths of over 500 people?

From Quiz The Stench of Burning Flesh

Answer: Circus

During a performance by the Gran Circus Norte-Americano, one of the big-top tents caught fire. After investigation, this tragedy was blamed on an act of arson by an angry ex-employee who was subsequently sent to prison. There are some people who claim that the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring but was covered up to avoid liability and lawsuits. In 1944, a Hartford, Connecticut circus fire took the lives of over 170 people when the big top caught fire.

8. When did the Cocoanut Grove Fire occur?

From Quiz Fire at the Cocoanut Grove

Answer: November 28, 1942

For some time the newspaper accounts of the fire and its aftermath dominated the news, forcing some World War II news to the back pages as Americans tried to absorb the deadly disaster.

9. What was the name of the bandleader of the group playing that night?

From Quiz 1940 Rhythm Club Fire

Answer: Walter Barnes

All but two of the bandmembers were killed in the fire. Walter Barnes and his Royal Creoleans were from Chicago, and had been a resident band at Al Capone's Cotton Club in Cicero, Illinois.

10. Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt most of which city after a disastrous fire in 1666?

From Quiz Gutted!

Answer: London

This fire engulfed and destroyed all the timber-framed and wooden buildings of medieval London. The new buildings were all made of brick and stone. Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt many of the churches in London and his masterpiece is St. Paul's Cathedral. Originally he submitted a plan for the complete reconstruction (including a new lay-out for the streets) of London as a grandiose Baroque city, but the cost and the urgent need to proceed quickly with rebuilding made his proposal impractical.

11. In 1923, a fire in Tokyo, Japan resulted from what other major disaster?

From Quiz Aspiring Fires

Answer: Earthquake

In one of the most unfortunate series of natural events in history, the city of Tokyo was struck by an earthquake in September 1923, the epicenter being situated nearby in the Kanto region. A larger earthquake would not be had in Japan until 2011. At the same time, many Tokyo citizens were indoors, taking shelter from a typhoon whipping through. It was believed that their fireplaces contributed to what would become one of the deadliest blazes in the nation's history; high winds, toppled buildings, and utter chaos resulted in massive blazes and fire whirls which devastated the population, killing many taking refuge in larger buildings. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami, coupled with the typhoon, had a death toll of just under 100,000, 70% less than the alleged death toll of the fire sweeping the city. The disasters left millions without shelter.

12. Why were the owners of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory blamed for the large number of fatalities in their terrible factory fire of 1911?

From Quiz Great Balls of Fire!

Answer: The exits were locked

In the late afternoon of March 25,1911 in Manhattan, New York at least 146 people were killed when the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire. In an effort to keep their employees from stealing, the company had locked all the doors to the stairwells and exits. The only fire escape from the building collapsed under the weight of those trying to escape, killing all of those on these flimsy stairs. Almost all the dead were young female immigrants who had come to America looking for a new life. Because the factory was located on the eighth, ninth, and tenth floor of the building, the employees either burned to death or jumped to their deaths. The next time you feel the urge to complain about your job remember this: these girls were working 52 hours a week, without breaks, for the princely wage of between 7-12 dollars a week. The cause of the fire was never proven. This event did lead to new safety regulations in factories which included laws banning the locking of exits.

13. Approximately how many people died in the Great Fire of London that occurred in 1666?

From Quiz The Stench of Burning Flesh

Answer: The number is unknown

While only six deaths were officially recorded after this conflagration, the count is believed to have been much higher as the fire destroyed seven out of every eight homes. It burned over 13,000 homes, 87 churches and most of the business sector. The reason for the low death count is believed to have been caused by the fact that the deaths of poor and middle class victims were not recorded in official records and also that many of the bodies may have been completely burned to ash in the fire. There are many modern estimates that put the death toll above 5,000. The fire started in a bakery oven and high winds caused it to spread rapidly.

14. What was alleged at the time to be the cause of the fire?

From Quiz Fire at the Cocoanut Grove

Answer: Error in changing a light bulb

Stanley Tomaszewski, a 16 year old bus boy, was asked to replace a bulb that someone had unscrewed. In order to do this, Tomasewski had to strike a match to properly set the bulb. Reportedly, there was an instant flame cutting across the downstairs Melody Lounge. Tomaszewski was interrogated as he survived the fire and was exonerated from blame.

15. What was used for decoration that fueled the blaze?

From Quiz 1940 Rhythm Club Fire

Answer: Spanish moss

It is believed that a carelessly tossed cigarette ignited the moss.

16. In which Canadian city was a faulty stove responsible for a huge fire in 1904?

From Quiz Gutted!

Answer: Toronto

The fire broke out in Barnes and Noble, a tie making factory. It was bitterly cold with sub zero temperatures, so ice was a problem. A gale force wind fanned the flames. No one was killed but 5,000 were made idle and immense damage was caused.

17. In 1980, what Las Vegas hotel and casino caught fire, resulting in the state's deadliest disaster?

From Quiz Aspiring Fires

Answer: MGM Grand

In a place as busy as Las Vegas, a fire could cause horrible damage. When the former MGM Grand caught fire in November 1980 it became one of the worst hotel fires in U.S. history, killing over eight people inside and causing severe damage to the structure. Of course, it being Vegas, the building was reconstructed within half a year and back to full functionality. It became Bally's Las Vegas shortly after and a new MGM Grand was built down the strip. What was the cause? It was discovered that electrical wiring in the wall of a restaurant sparked the blaze. The fire was fueled by a lack of sprinkler coverage in the casino and eating areas, the fault of a poor decisions made by building inspectors. After another fire in another casino the following year, Vegas building laws were amended.

18. In 1906, what was author Jack London referring to when he made the following statement," Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed."?

From Quiz Great Balls of Fire!

Answer: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

Jack London was referring to what he saw in the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire in 1906. The earthquake struck at 05:12 a.m. and could be felt from Oregon to Nevada and up and down most of the Pacific coast of the U.S. The fire that ensued leveled most of the buildings that had been left standing after the earthquake. Over 3,000 people were killed and this incident is remembered as one of the worst natural disasters to hit North America. Over 3/4 of the remaining population was left homeless. This disaster and the ensuing fire helped pass new laws concerning building construction and fire safety for the state of California. The last part of Jack London's statement says it all, "San Francisco is gone".

19. What caused the fire to spread so rapidly?

From Quiz Fire at the Cocoanut Grove

Answer: Chemicals, decorations and lack of fire planning

As we were to learn from this tragic fire, fire prevention in potentially crowded areas is essential. The decorations and of paper and cloth were dangerous. As forensic evidence came forward later, chemicals released by the fire caused toxic gas to quickly flow through out the club causing death to many patrons within minutes.

20. What was the address of the Rhythm Club?

From Quiz 1940 Rhythm Club Fire

Answer: 1 St. Catherine Street

The Rhythm Club was a corrugated iron building that had been converted to a night club three years earlier. A marker has been placed on the site to honor the memory of the victims.

21. The financial heart of which big city was gutted in a great fire in 1835?

From Quiz Gutted!

Answer: New York

Fire broke out on December 16, 1835. Strong winds drove what was a small fire to begin with into a catastrophe. Many merchants discovered that they were not covered by insurance, while insurance companies were burned down in the financial district. The fire was finally stopped by blowing up buildings in its path.

22. How long did it take for the fire to be contained and how long before it was declared out?

From Quiz The Great Butter Fire

Answer: Two days to contain, seven out

The fire was contained in two days but continued to smolder an additional five days until declared out.

23. Sometimes it's not so much the fire as the explosion. In Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1917, one of the worst maritime disasters resulted when what ship, loaded with TNT, struck a freighter?

From Quiz Aspiring Fires

Answer: The Mont-Blanc

Known in Canadian history as the Halifax Explosion, it occurred in December 1917, right at the start of winter. When the explosion shook the coast early that morning, it knocked down a large reach of the surrounding community, toppling buildings and killing nearly two thousand people in its massive TNT-powered blast. The Mont-Blanc, originally commissioned to bring explosives overseas to France, ended up colliding with the SS Imo and the fire onboard ended up spreading and sparking the dynamite. It has since been considered one of Canada's worst man-made disasters and, until the bombs were dropped in Japan in World War II, it was the most damaging bomb inadvertently created. To add insult to injury, the damage was covered by a blizzard the following day.

24. The Cedar Fire, which was, at the time, the largest wildfire to have occurred in California history was started in which manner?

From Quiz Great Balls of Fire!

Answer: By a campfire

In 2003 during a period of wild-fires a hiker lost in the woods tried lighting a fire hoping that someone would find him. Although the hiker was found, his campfire started a wildfire which consumed 280,000 acres of land and destroyed almost 3000 buildings and homes. This fire, which occurred in San Diego County, California was fueled by the Santa Ana Winds and a lack of rainfall in the area. The smoke from this fire forced the closure of of the air traffic control center for both Los Angeles and San Diego shutting down all commercial air traffic to a large portion of California. This fire killed 15 people and caused over two billion dollars worth of damage.

25. In 1917, what blew up in Halifax, Canada that caused one of the world's largest accidental fires?

From Quiz The Stench of Burning Flesh

Answer: A French cargo-ship

On December 6,1917 the SS Mont-Blanc, a French ship which was carrying a full load of explosives was involved in a collision with the SS Imo. The ensuing explosion and fire killed over 2,000 people and injured another 9,000. The damage caused by the initial explosion destroyed most of the city and all help had to travel many miles just to get to the outskirts of the city, which was consumed with flames. Amazing photographs of this incident can be found on the Internet.

26. What was estimated to be the market value of the products lost in the fire?

From Quiz The Great Butter Fire

Answer: $100,000,000

The estimate was $100,000,000 but consider that the figure is in 1991 dollars. In 2018 it would have been over 200 million.

27. In the 1990s, the oil fields of Kuwait were set ablaze during what major war, causing considerable environmental and economic damages?

From Quiz Aspiring Fires

Answer: Gulf War

After invading Kuwait in 1990 and sparking the Gulf War, Iraqi forces ended what would be known to American soldiers as 'Operation Desert Storm' by depleting oil resources, mainly by setting rigs ablaze, destroying billions of barrels of the precious natural substance. Many of the fires remained ablaze for nearly ten months; they started in January and ended in November, only because of hired contractors who put them out. Before the final rig fizzled out, the fires had already created widespread pollution problems not only in the atmosphere, but in the desert sands which quickly reabsorbed spilled oil. It was one of the costliest disasters in Kuwait's history.

28. Although the patrons that night were mostly locals, what celebrity died of burns from the fire?

From Quiz Fire at the Cocoanut Grove

Answer: Buck Jones

Buck Jones made 160 movies in the silent and early sound eras. He was in Boston to help sell War Bonds for the military effort and had visited hospitals in the area. He was badly burned and died two days later. Because of the heroic roles that he played, a rumor persisted that Jones had rushed back into the fire to save others but this has been discounted as his injuries when found were too severe.

This is category 21598
play trivia = Top 5% Rated Quiz, take trivia quiz Top 10% Rated Quiz, test trivia quiz Top 20% Rated Quiz, popular trivia A Well Rated Quiz
new quizzes = added recently, editor pick = Editor's Pick editor = FunTrivia Editor gold = Gold Member

Teachers / educators: FunTrivia welcomes the use of our website and quizzes in the classroom as a teaching aid or for preparing and testing students. See our education section. Our quizzes are printable and may be used as question sheets by k-12 teachers, parents, and home schoolers.

 ·  All questions, answers, and quiz content on this website is copyright FunTrivia, Inc and may not be reproduced without permission. Any images from TV shows and movies are copyright their studios, and are being used under "fair use" for commentary and education.