A Sunday deadline has come and gone to remove objects from the site of the Station Nightclub fire where 100 people died in a fire ten years ago. The land is being readied for transformation into a memorial park and all objects left after Sunday will be buried in a time capsule.
Patricia Belanger retrieved a cross, a poster and a toy from the makeshift memorial honoring her daughter, Dina DeMaio, who died in the Station nightclub fire.
"What are you going to do with them?"
"I don’t know what my daughter’s going to do with them but she wanted them so I got them," said Belanger.
But most families chose to leave the artifacts in place for future burial in a time capsule. As of Sunday afternoon, the site of the Station nightclub fire was still cluttered with crosses, rosaries, lanterns, wind chimes, even chairs.
Gina Russo, president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, was surprised by how many items were left at the site.
"I think the time capsule may be bigger than we thought. I thought for sure more people would want to take their mementos but it’s almost an honor they want us to, they trust us to keep it," said Russo.
Members of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation committee plan to personally remove the objects and keep them safe until the time capsule is ready.
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