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    Nightclub's pyrotechnic display erupts into huge fire
    Friday, February 21, 2003 Posted: 1:32 AM EST (0632 GMT)


    WEST WARWICK, Rhode Island (CNN) -- "A pyrotechnic display during a rock
    concert late Thursday ignited the stage and spread inside a packed nightclub
    near Providence, causing concertgoers to bottleneck the exits as they fled
    for their lives.

    At least 40 people with a range of injuries -- mostly burns -- were taken to
    Kent Hospital, a few miles from The Station nightclub in the Providence
    suburb of West Warwick, according to a spokesman.

    Others were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, although it was
    not clear how many.

    Reporters said dozens of area ambulances were frantically treating
    individuals outside the club.

    Massive flames and heavy smoke poured from the building.

    Eyewitnesses reported seeing several people with injuries ranging from
    serious burns to cuts and bruises.

    Video shot by CNN affiliate WPRI showed the onstage fireworks evolve into a
    massive fire. Initially, fans casually made their way toward the exit. Then,
    panic broke out, according to videographer Brian Butler, who was taping the
    rock concert.

    "It was that fast. As soon as the pyrotechnics stopped, the flame had
    started on the egg-crate backing behind the stage, and it just went up the
    ceiling and people stood and watched it," Butler said.

    "Some people were already trying to leave and others were just sitting there
    going 'Yeah, that's great!' and I remember that statement because I was
    like, 'This is not great, this is time to leave.'"

    People were stacked on top of each other, trying to exit the nightclub,
    witnesses said.

    The 1980s heavy rock band "Great White" was performing at The Station in the
    Providence suburb of West Warwick when the fire broke out."


    What the story doesn't mention is that the guitarist, Mark Kendall, has yet
    to be found. I hope he's okay. Mark's a cool guy, and one fuck of a guitarist. They showed Jack Russell on the news and he looked scared shitless.
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    Is Mark Kendall even in Great White anymore? Granted I haven't seen the guy in years, but from the video of the band onstage, neither of the guitarists looked like Kendall. The quote I heard which was attributed to Jack Russell was that a guitar player is missing, it didn't mention any specific names.

    Scary video to watch.

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    You know, I just got home (it's 4am here) from what I think was the worst gig of my life - the new singer we hired got the shakes and would not go on so we got a girl who sang with us months ago, whom just happened to be there, to sing the whole night. It didn't go well.

    Anyway, I come home and see this on the news and I feel lucky. One of my biggest fears is that someone will get hurt at a gig because of our gear falling, breaking or even being tampered with. I couldn't imagine being responsible for 20+ deaths cuz I was trying to put on a cool show.

    This is an incredibly sad story, but one I think most likely could have been prevented. It doesn't look to me like it is the club's fault like the band and the news is making it out to be, but whoever the band had install the pyro effects if not the band itself.

    Blame aside, this just sucks.
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    10-20 people dead so far. That's a low estimate, there's more. Mark Kendall is still missing as well as a local radio personality from WHJY the local radio station here in Providence.

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    Now they are reporting 162 taken to hospital, and between 10-20 dead.

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    I saw the video on FOX News before I left for work. It's sad to see all those people having a good time and the fire breakout behind the band.

    The place looked like it had really short ceilings....who in there right mind would put those pyros on that stage?!? They looked like something KISS would be using in an outdoor arena.

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    I just woke up this morning to hear this news. This is terrible stuff! Holy crap!!

    According to Fox News there are at LEAST 26 dead. This is sad, sad news indeed.


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    Yeah it's pretty fucked up... I am watching the local news in Boston, and they keep on repeating the video from inside the club. Apparently "The Doctor" from HJY is still among the missing, along with one of the guitarists. In fact Jack Russle is on the news right now...

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    The guitarist who is missing right now is Ty Longly.(the spelling may be wrong) That's what Jack Russell said himself in an interview with a local News Station. I caught the interview just now on CNN.

    Jack claims that their tour manager got permission from the club to use pyrotechnics, but the club is saying that NO, they did not give permission for fireworks...

    I smell a bunch of serious lawsuits in the very near future! What a mess~

    I looked at the video they showed from a guy who was filming the show. Honestly it looks like the ceilings in that club were WAY to low for fireworks. What were they thinking????????????


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    They're saying now at least 39 reported dead....

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    What a freaking disaster. CNN's website had a photo of people stacked one on top of another stuck in the exit....very sad.
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    Here's a little info on Ty Longley. I believe that he is still missing.

    http://www.ne.jp/asahi/shoh/greatwhite/english/eTY.htm
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    Damn. This is pretty sad. My guess is, if they haven't found him yet, he's probably dead. Poor guy.

    This whole thing is just awful.
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    Easy for me to be Mr. Hindsight guy, but, if you have pyros as part of your show your should always have a fire extinguisher on the friggin stage. Water battoles and beer aren't going to do it. Didnt AVH have several as part of his kit?

    All those people lost, what a tragedy.
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    Death toll above 50 and counting...

    http://wire.jacksonville.com/pstorie...1/840380.shtml
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