Brazil nightclub blaze recalls pain for US fire survivors
RHODE ISLAND (AP) - Argentina, a year later. Thailand in 2008. Russia in 2009.
For survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire in the state of Rhode Island that was one of the deadliest in United States history, the fire in Brazil that killed hundreds on Sunday is the latest in a series of reminders that no matter how far away, those who ignore the lessons of their tragedy can pay a horrible cost.
On a cold night in February 2003, the rock band Great White took the stage at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. During the show, pyrotechnics set fire to flammable soundproofing foam that lined the walls and ceiling, killing 100 and injuring 200.
Over the decade since, survivors have come together time and again over news of similar disastrous fires overseas.