Lessons Learned From A Devastating Structure Fire



On the evening of Thursday, February 20th, 2003 in West Warwick, Rhode Island, 462 people attend a concert by the rock bank Great White at the Station Nightclub. The total number of people inside of the building far exceeds the maximum capacity of the club’s official licensed capacity which is 404.

During the band’s opening song, a set of illegal pyrotechnics are set off by the band’s management. The illegal pyrotechnics ignite the venue’s sound absorbing foam, causing a fire to spread throughout the building. With only one exit available for the mass of people to utilize, and a serious lack of fire suppression present in the building, 100 individuals will tragically perish, with another 230 people being injured.

The following footage was recorded by a local cameraman for WPRI-TV of Providence, Rhode Island. The footage contained in this video is used for educational purposes only and contains scenes and sounds that some may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Special Thanks to 16-year veteran firefighter Adam from the NFA Review Channel for assisting us with this project.

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