Wednesday 22 November 2017

Crowds gather to remember 100 killed in US club fire as memorial park opens

The memorial in Rhode Island opened in front of crowds
The memorial in Rhode Island opened in front of crowds

Hundreds of people have gathered at the opening of a memorial park at the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people in the US.

At least 500 people walked into the Station Fire Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon for the ceremony.

The park is a memorial to The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

The blaze began when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable foam installed as soundproofing.

More than 200 people were injured.

One hundred high school students each carried a rose for the victims.

The service featured live music. Attendees were asked to remember the survivors, relatives of those who died and the first responders.

The victims' names were read aloud.

Democratic governor Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will "never forget" the victims.

AP

Press Association

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