PROVIDENCE, R.I. – About 200 people converged on West Warwick yesterday to mark the 8th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire. The fire claimed 100 lives and injured another 200. And despite years of effort there's still no permanent memorial to those who lost their lives.
Chris Fontaine, who lost a son in the Station Nightclub fire, felt a mixture of grief and anger as she presided over the commemoration of the deadly blaze. As president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, she's frustrated by the fact that the property owner, Triton Realty, has apparently reneged on its offer to turn over the land to the victims' relatives for a permanent memorial.
Triton Realty has not been returning calls and West Warwick town manager Jim Thomas says the company now denies ever making the commitment. The Foundation plans to ask the town to take the property by eminent domain.
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