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One of the worst nightclub fires in recent U.S. history killed one hundred people and injured 230 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island on February 20, 2003. It was the fourth deadliest nightclub fire disaster in American history. This paper reviews the reason for the fire, what the injuries were for the concert-goers, and adds what could have been done to prevent the fire.
The Tragic Station Fire
The rock concert featured a group called the Great White, and when they opened up their show that night, they had planned a big spectacular pyrotechnic exhibition. As the band began to play, on-stage fireworks went off. "As the crowd cheered, fire engulfed the soundproofing foam behind the state and quickly spread," according to CNN (2003). Video shot by a CNN affiliate shows people at first watching the fire "…or casually" making their way toward the exits. Then panic broke out and the band members leaped off the stage and into the crowd and headed for exits.
One of the survivors who was interviewed...
People were standing on my back, my head, I was holding my head and I said, 'I'm going to die here.' All I could think about was my mother, and I said, 'I got to get up. I got to get up'" (CNN).
The video by CNN showed "…piles of people lying on top of each other, trying to push their way out of the club," and the fire chief (Charlie Hall) said that one of the problems was the smoke was so thick people could not see the exit signs. Hall also said that because the wooden structure (the building is known as The Station) was built in 1976, it was not required to build sprinkler systems into the structure. "If there were sprinklers in this building, we wouldn't be here right now," Hall told CNN.
Other factors that contributed to the tragedy: a) the band did not get a permit to use…
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