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Deadliest Fire In Rhode Island History

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The deadliest fire in Rhode Island history was sparked at the Station nightclub in West Warwick on February 20, 2003. As the Great White rock band launched into its first song Daniel Biechele, the tour manager, ignited four small pyrotechnic devices near the stage. The 15-foot streams of sparks quickly ignited flammable foam that been put up as soundproofing, and the fire spread as people tried to push their way out through crowded doors.

Great White guitarist Ty Longley was among the 100 people that died as a result of the fire. More than 50 others were injured.

In 2006 Daniel Biechele was found guilty of 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The club's owners, brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian were also charged.

Posted:  2006-05-08  3:14:23 PM

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