Station Fire Families to Request Land for Memorial

Family of victims of the 2003 Station fire petitioned the West Warwick Town Council to take the site of the fire by eminent domain Tuesday night.

However, they're not sure if any progress was made tonight as the Council revealed that it had received a letter from the owner of Triton Realty – the company that owns the land.  Triton has refused to donate the land to the Station Memorial Fund, despite allegedly agreeing to do so years ago.

Spokesman Dave Kane says Triton has not been receptive to the Memorial Fund's requests, but the Council revealed that Triton's owner had sent a letter to the Council on Friday saying that he doesn't consider the matter “settled” but is willing to meet with the Memorial Foundation in the future.

ABC6 Reporter Erin Logan has the details from West Warwick.

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Family members of those killed in a 2003 nightclub fire will ask the West Warwick town council to take the site of the Station nightclub by eminent domain so they can build a memorial there.

David Kane, whose son, Nicholas O'Neill, was killed, says he will represent the families during Tuesday evening's meeting.

One hundred people were killed in the fire. A temporary memorial sprung up at the site nearly immediately, but several family members have established a foundation to build something permanent.

They say the company that owns the property had promised to hand over the land years ago. The company disputes that.

Kane says if there's an easier way to get the land than eminent domain, the group is open to it.

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