Ten years ago today, 100 people died in the tragic fire at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island and eight of those people had ties to Connecticut.
The band Great White was playing at the club on Feb. 20, 2003 and pyrotechnics ignited flammable foam that had been put on the walls to reduhttp://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/the-station-documentary-web-series-launches-feb.-20/ce noise.
Local victims of the fire include:
- Sam Miceli and Jude Henault, both 37, of Lisbon, who traveled together to see the show.
- Melvyn Gerfin Jr., 46, of Groton, a husband and father of three, who worked for a radio station and received free tickets.
- Ryan Morin, 31, a Thompson native, who graduated from Southern Connecticut State University.
- Sarah Jane Telgarsky, a 37-year-old nurse from Plainfield.
- Kristen McQuarrie, 37, of Ledyard, was a waitress at Foxwoods, according to the Boston Globe.
- Daniel J. Fredrickson, 37, was affiliated with the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton. He and Tracey Romanoff were a couple and both were killed in the fire.
Relatives of those killed and survivors are marking the day in different ways. Some are staying home from work to spend time with family. Others are taking trips out of town.
Some will pay their respects with a visit to the site of the fire, where more than 100 handmade crosses dot the ground.
A foundation working to build a permanent memorial at the site held a ceremonial groundbreaking Sunday. Work on the permanent memorial is expected to start this spring.
Warning: Documentary contains footage from the night of the fire and graphic images of victims injuries.
In remembrance of the victims, a multi-part online documentary will be released today.