Deadly RI nightclub fire remembered 10 years later

By By MICHELLE R. SMITH

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Survivors and family members of the 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island are gathering to mark the 10th anniversary of the blaze.

At a Sunday afternoon service at the site of the fire, the governor plans to join them as well as a surgeon who helped many of the injured. The names of the dead will be read aloud, and the group working to build a permanent memorial at the West Warwick site will release its final plans.

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation says it must raise more than $1 million to build and maintain a permanent memorial.

The anniversary of the fire is Wednesday. The blaze broke out when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable packing foam installed as soundproofing.

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