Settlement is likely in deadly fire at nightclub

first_imgBy Eric Tucker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Several defendants being sued by relatives of the 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire have tentatively agreed to a $13.5 million settlement. The settlements, if approved by a judge, would be the first in what the plaintiffs hope will be several agreements with dozens of defendants in the lawsuits stemming from the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. The fire also injured 200 people. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s just the beginning,” Michael St. Pierre, one of the attorneys representing nearly 300 fire survivors and victims’ relatives who have sued in federal court, said Wednesday. The fire began when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable sound-absorbing foam around the stage and the club’s walls. The foam quickly spread the blaze throughout the one-story roadhouse. Among the companies that have tentatively agreed to settle are a manufacturer of soundproofing material, a manufacturer and vendor of pyrotechnics, the company that leased the building to club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, and an alarm company, according to court papers. last_img