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11th anniversary of station fire

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By Dana Griffin



WARWICK, RI- For the first time, the ‘Station fire' memorial service was not held at the actual nightclub site due to construction for a brand new memorial that still needs money in order to be completed.

This week, marks 11 years since the Station night club fire. It claimed 100 lives from a pyrotechnic glitch, turned fully engulfed fire.

100 names were read aloud by grieving friends and family members.

Musician, Joe Silva, was planning to play at the club, but never made it there that night. He wrote a song called ‘97 Angels' in honor of the victims.

"Just an absolute tragedy and I couldn't help but write this song," said Silva.

Kelly Virira was the 98th victim. Her sister says these memorial services bring the families together.

"We all understand each other's pain and not everybody grieves the same. So, through the years we can all be there for each other as we go through it" said Kimberly Beck.

Within 11 years, new safety laws, mass casualty plans, and a state–wide communication system are now in place because of this tragedy.

Gina Russo said, "If there had been sprinklers in that building that night, I'm not saying people wouldn't have gotten hurt, but maybe not to this tragic end."

Now, all that's missing is the permanent memorial, taking years to complete. Two million dollars is needed so this site will not longer be under construction.

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