Fire Safety: What Changed After The Station Nightclub Fire
16 years ago Wednesday, a deadly fire broke out in the Station nightclub in West Warwick. By the time the smoke cleared, 100 people had lost their lives.
Hundreds of people were crowded into the small club that night to see the band Great White. Just after 11 p.m., barely into the start of the set, the band's tour manager Daniel Biechele, set off pyrotechnics that hit foam sound insulation on the club's walls, igniting it. Within minutes, the building filled with smoke as people rushed to exit. More than 200 people were injured in the blaze along and 100 people were killed.
In 2005, the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded in its final report of the incident that "strict adherence" to fire codes would help prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. The organization also released a list of 10 recommendations for improvements to fire codes, seven of which were based off of actions taken by the State of Rhode Island in the wake of the tragedy.