WEST WARWICK, R.I. — (AP) The owner of the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people is donating the land for a permanent memorial, bringing an end to a years-long effort to secure the site of The Station fire by families of those killed and survivors of the blaze.
Dan McKiernan, a lawyer for property owner Ray Villanova, filed papers at West Warwick Town Hall that transferred ownership of the plot of land to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation on Friday. The Associated Press reviewed the documents Friday morning. The move comes five months before the 10th anniversary of the blaze, which started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam that lined the walls of the club.
The one condition of the transfer is that a suitable memorial be maintained at the site in perpetuity, according to the deed.