February 17, 2013

RI fire remembered in snowy outdoor ceremony

The Associated Press

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — At least 100 survivors and family members of the 100 people killed in a Rhode Island nightclub fire came to a memorial service to pay tribute on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

Many who arrived at an outdoor site in bitter cold and snow on Sunday brought flowers and balloons to decorate crosses representing each of the victims. Some cried.

The anniversary of the blaze is Wednesday. The fire broke out when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable packing foam that had been installed in the club as soundproofing.

One survivor who attended was Walter Castle Jr., who suffered third-degree burns in his lungs and throat. He says memories of the fire and the loss of many friends have been very tough.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)