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West Warwick, Rhode Island / Nightclub Fire / Club Safety #722377

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 21, 2003
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(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(West Warwick, Rhode Island: Lee Cowan) A deadly fire at a West Warwick, Rhode Island, nightclub caused by a band’s pyrotechnic display featured; details given about the finger-pointing over who is to blame; scenes shown of the band Great White on stage as the fire breaks out and of the club, The Station, in flames. [Club PATRON, witness Nicole CONANT†, victim’s PARENTS – describe the scene.] [Great White lead singer Jack RUSSELL†- says the band had permission to use indoor fireworks.] [New Jersey club owner Domenic SANTANA†- says the band used pyrotechnics at his club without permission.]

(Studio: John Roberts) The story of WPRI-TV cameraman Brian Butler, who was at the club filming for a story on nightclub safety and ended up helping rescue people, presented; scenes shown of people trying to get out. [BUTLER†- describes what happened.] [Victim Edward PEZZELLI†- calls Butler a hero.]

(West Warwick, Rhode Island: Jim Acosta) The painstaking search for survivors & victims featured; footage shown from local coverage of a man holding up a picture of his missing daughter, “Tina.” [Missing employee’s sister Jessica GARVEY†, missing patron’s friend Jackie BERNARD†, missing patron’s relative Donna MIELE†- comment.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Report introduced.

(Studio: Jane Clayson) The issue of nightclub safety in the wake of the Rhode Island fire and the stampede at a Chicago nightclub earlier this week explored; details given about safety measures prompted by previous nightclub disasters, including the 1942 Cocoanut Grove Night Club fire in Boston and the 1980 MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas. [Chicago victim Bianca Ferguson’s RELATIVES – comment.] [Los Angeles fire department Stanley PERKINS†- comments on the danger caused by surging people.] [Club owner Jay NEDRY†- comments on having his club inspected.]

Roberts, John;
Cowan, Lee;
Acosta, Jim;
Clayson, Jane

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