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West Warwick, Rhode Island / Nightclub Fire / Club Safety #722264

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 21, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(West Warwick, Rhode Island: Bill Blakemore) The fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, featured; scenes shown of the rock band Great White playing as the fire started & of the later ruins. [Four club VISITORS - describe what happened.] [Governor Don CARCIERI†- says people had no chance to escape.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(West Warwick, Rhode Island: John McKenzie) The community's reaction to the fire in the neighborhood featured. [MAN, Regina DUNN‡, victim's aunt Angela McDONALD†, victim's sister Gina MATERA‡, victim's brother Michael CROTTO‡, WOMAN - worry about friends & relatives.] [West Warwick town clerk David CLAYTON†- says there was no need for this to have happened.] [Diner owner Ev CARDERO‡- reacts to what happened.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: Ned Potter) The issue of safety at clubs examined; details given about prior incidents in which the band Great White set off fireworks. [The Stone Pony club owner Dominic SANTANA†- comments.] [Building safety consultant Jake PAULS†- says crowd crush is almost impossible to stop; states this is a national problem.] Historical examples of fire accidents that killed hundreds listed. [National Fire Protection Assn. Arthur COTE†- says the code system is sound.]

Jennings, Peter;
Blakemore, Bill;
McKenzie, John;
Potter, Ned

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