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Consultants fault lack of planning in nightclub fire response

An analysis of Rhode Island’s emergency response to a nightclub fire that killed 100 people found significant problems in the state’s readiness for a disaster, particularly with its capacity for communication between agencies and for marshaling resources. But the report, released Tuesday, concluded that the first responders did an effective job of rescuing and treating the injured at The Station, but were not supported, and in some cases were hampered, by the lack of a comprehensive statewide plan for disaster response. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick started when onstage fireworks ignited soundproofing foam during a performance by the rock band Great White. Ninety-six people died at the scene; another four died in hospitals. More than 200 people were injured. Full Story

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