Station Nightclub fire


Some 150 people gathered at Warwick City Hall Sunday to remember those killed in the 2003Station Nightclub fire, and announce plans for a long-awaited memorial.  It was the 12th annual memorial of the fire that claimed 100 lives in West Warwick.


Survivor and president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation Gina Russo announced the group has raised enough money to possibly begin construction this spring.

The 12th annual remembrance service for the 100 people who lost their lives in the tragic West Warwick Station nightclub fire on February 20, 2003 has been rescheduled for March 22 at 1 p.m. in the city council chambers at Warwick City Hall.

The service was originally slated for February 15, but was postponed because of a snowstorm. On Sunday, March 22 fire survivor Gina Russo will speak about the progress of the Station Memorial campaign and announce the campaign leadership committee.

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12 years ago today, 100 people died, and hundreds more were injured in a fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. The fire made national headlines as one of the worst nightclub fires in U.S. history.  Survivors are still working to build a public memorial, and living with the scars from that night.

The snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow has led to postponement of Sunday’s scheduled Station Fire Foundation Memorial service at West Warwick High School. The service was slated for 1 p.m.

The observance in the memory of the 100 who died in the Feb. 20, 2003 Station nightclub fire will be rescheduled for a date and time that will be announced soon, according to a spokesman for the organizers.

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Thursday marks eleven years since the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200.

At 18 years old, Nicholas O’Neil was the youngest victim. His band, Shryne, was going to open for Great White the following night, so he was at the club on February 20th, 2003 to check out the place. O’Neil’s dad, Dave Kane, said he thinks about his son every day.

“It’s interesting people say to me, ‘oh geez, I hope I’m not bringing up a bad memory.’ Like I forgot. I mean, we have this every day, the knowledge of what has happened and the aftermath, we live it every day.”

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Hundreds of burn survivors will descend on Providence this week for the annual convention of the Phoenix Society.  The meeting is dubbed the “World Burn Congress,” and its main purpose is to heal the emotional wounds left by the physical scarring.

They’ve endured house fires, car fires, nightclub blazes and electrocutions and this week about 900 of them will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center for the World Burn Congress sponsored by the Phoenix Society. 

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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?"

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

This is the 10th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire.  Southwest RI looks to make repairs by the summer tourist season.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Plus Reporter Flo Jonic recalls her experiences covering the Station Nightclub fire. 

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Reporter Flo Jonic recalls the night of fire

Feb 20, 2013
Mourners at Site of Station Nightclub Fire
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Reporter Flo Jonic was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Station Nightclub fire ten years ago today.  She remembers the events of that night and the days that followed.

Station Nightclub Fire: 10 years of remembrances

Feb 20, 2013
Flo Jonic / RIPR

February 20th marks the tenth anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, which killed 100 people who flocked to a West Warwick roadhouse one cold Thursday night for some live rock music. The fire also left more than 200 people hospitalized, many with disfiguring injuries. Here's a look back on the deadliest rock concert in American history and the lives it changed.

Station Nightclub Fire Leads to Greater Safety

Feb 20, 2013
Site of Former Station Nightclub
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It was ten years ago Wednesday when the Station Nightclub went up in flames. One hundred people lost their lives and more than 200 were injured in the West Warwick tragedy.  It led to sweeping changes in the state fire code.

Langevin tries for nationwide fire safety

Feb 20, 2013

Congressman Jim Langevin has re-introduced a bill aimed at increasing the number of businesses that are equipped with fire sprinklers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Feb 19, 2013

RI's former Attorney General is in Brazil helping law enforcement looking into a deadly nightclub fire.  RI and MA are working out how to best regulate centers which dispense  medical marijuana.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.  Also a special interview by Ian Donnis with US Attorney Peter Neronha.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Feb 18, 2013

This is the 10th anniversary of the fatal Station Nightclub fire.  Congressman David cicilline is asking the House Speaker to keep Congress in session until federal budget negotiations are finished.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News podcast.  Then Scott MacKay explains why getting rid of the one-party lever will not fix RI's election woes.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Feb 6, 2013

A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana and then tax it. Newport becomes a stop on an around-the-world sailing race.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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