Rhode Island Marks 16 Years Since Deadly Station Nightclub Fire

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Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub hearth that killed 100 individuals and injured greater than 200.

The Feb. 20, 2003, hearth was began when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the partitions of The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

The hearth rapidly unfold by way of the overcrowded membership, and many individuals grew to become trapped and died, or had been severely burned.

The website of the hearth is now a memorial park. Although no formal service is deliberate on the website, a number of individuals confirmed up Wednesday to pay their respects. Club house owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and Great White tour supervisor Daniel Biechele (BEEK’-lee), who set off the pyrotechnics, reached plea offers on involuntary manslaughter prices. Biechele and Michael Derderian served jail time.