Work begun on memorial to R.I. nightclub fire victims
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) -- Workers broke ground Wednesday on a memorial in Warwick to honor the 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire, even as families of the victims expressed hope they could work together to eventually have a permanent memorial built at the site of the fire in neighboring West Warwick.
The memorial is being built specifically to honor the 10 residents of Warwick who perished in the Feb. 20, 2003, blaze at The Station nightclub, which was sparked by pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White. Jody King, whose brother, Tracy King, was killed in the fire, was the driving force behind the memorial and said it will also pay tribute to all 100 people who died.
"It is my hope that this memorial brings peace to all as we honor those who no longer stand with us," King said.
The Station Memorial Foundation has been working for years to aquire the land that housed the club, but to no avail. State officials said Tuesday they are looking into whether the state can seize the land by eminent domain so that a memorial can be built there.