Remembering The Station Nightclub Fire – 10 Years Ago Today
On February 20, 2003, 10 years ago today, a devastating fire occurred at a Rhode Island nightclub called The Station and took with it the lives of 100 people with more than 200 injured. The anniversary of the fire is being remembered by many with services and others simply taking time out throughout the day to remember the lives lost in one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history.
On a more personal note, we here at Braingell Radio want to acknowledge the 10th anniversary and the lives lost but one life in particular. The Braingell station owner and others throughout the Southern California area want to pause and remember Scotty Griffith, a good friend to all. Scott’s memorial site can be seen at www.scottgriffith.org.
The fire erupted when the tour manager for the rock band Great White set off a flashy pyrotechnics display in an overcrowded nightclub. The club’s owners had tried to lessen noise complaints by lining the walls with what turned out to be flammable packing foam installed for sound-proofing.
On Sunday, the Station Fire Memorial Foundation unveiled plans for a permanent memorial. WPRI reports the estimated $15 million memorial will feature a 30-foot-high entrance gate, an open air pavilion and winding paths leading through a dozen memorial gardens. The owner agreed to deed the property to the foundation last fall.
Survivors and relatives of those killed in the 2003 fire also gathered at the nightclub site Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary. Many brought flowers and paid their respects at handmade crosses memorializing those who died.
“People that weren’t here really don’t understand why we can’t let this stuff go. I was 30 seconds away from dying,” Walter Castle Jr., 39, told The Associated Press. Castle suffered third-degree burns in his lungs, throat and bronchial tubes. He said he lost many friends in the fire and was in counseling until 2009. As the 10th anniversary approached, he said he began having terrible nightmares and went back into counseling.
“It’s just very tough,” he told the AP.
The Station Fire Memorial Foundation recently announced that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Celebrity Apprentice Fame has been added to the All Star Benefit Show. The event will be held on March 8th, 2013 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The show begins at 8:00pm and ticket prices start at $30.00. Tickets are on sale now through the Providence Performing Arts Center Box Office (401-421-ARTS & www.ppacri.org). The net proceeds from this event will go to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation.
If you would like to donate to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation or get more information, please go to http://www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org