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10 Years Later: The Station Nightclub Fire

From the air the burned out remains of the Station nightclub where over 59 people died in a late night fire on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in West Warwick, R.I., is seen in the center top, Friday, Feb. 21, 2003. Fire apparatus  and other emergency vehicles were still on the scene along with construction equipment to begin to remove the debris.. (AP Photo/ Robert E. Klein)

From the air the burned out remains of the Station nightclub where over 59 people died in a late night fire on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in West Warwick, R.I., is seen in the center top, Friday, Feb. 21, 2003. Fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles were still on the scene along with construction equipment to begin to remove the debris.. (AP Photo/ Robert E. Klein)

Ten years ago today, a fire erupted at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Hundreds of people had packed into the club to see the heavy metal band Great White. The band’s tour manager set off pyrotechnics on stage, and soon the entire club was in flames.

One-hundred people died in the fire. More than 200 others were hospitalized, some with disfiguring burns. We take a look back at two aspects of the deadly event, including whether or not the American legal system is an adequate place to seek restitution for the absolute, terrible loss of loved ones.

Guest

John Barylick, attorney with the Providence-based firm Wistow, Barylick, Sheehan & Loveley and author of the book “Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert”

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  • Greg B.

    The caption says “over 59 people died”. 96 people died at the scene. 4 more died at hospitals.

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