200 observe anniversary of deadly RI nightclub fire

Eight years ago Sunday, a fire at The Station nightclub killed 100 people and injured more than 200


By Ian MacDougall
The Associated Press

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — About 200 people have gathered at the site of one of the nation's worst nightclub fires to mark its eighth anniversary.

Eight years ago Sunday, a fire at The Station nightclub killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

A land dispute has delayed a long-planned memorial. Survivors and victims' families say the owner of the site reneged on a promise to donate the land for a memorial. The property owner disagrees that a promise was made.

Chris Fontaine, president of the Station Memorial Foundation, said during the short service that she hopes the property owner will donate the land soon. If not, she says foundation members will ask the West Warwick town council to take the land under eminent domain.

Fontaine's 22-year-old son, Mark, died in the fire.

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