Today is a very sad anniversary in metal history, and one of the biggest tragedies in music history. On February 20, 2003, The Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI, burned to the ground taking with it the lives of 100 people and injuring over 200. The fire was caused when pyrotechnics were set off during a performance by Great White; the sparks ignited a flash fire that engulfed the club in 5½ minutes. It happened so amazingly fast.
The actual site located at 211 Cowesett Avenue had been the site of a makeshift memorial for more than ten years. Last September, Mr. Raymond Villanova deeded the property to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that has long been working toward the building of a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the tragic Station Nightclub fire.
In February of last year, the design plans for the Station Fire Memorial Park were unveiled to the public. May the victims rest in peace, and may the families of all affected find peace today. We are remembering all of you.