WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the anniversary of the 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people and left more than 200 others injured.
Thursday is the 11th anniversary of The Station fire in West Warwick.
More than 100 people attended a memorial service at Warwick City Hall on Sunday to remember the victims. It was held there and not the site of the fire because that location has been closed to prepare for the construction of a memorial.
The Station Fire Memorial Foundation last year announced plans for a permanent memorial estimated to cost up to $1.4 million to build and maintain. Construction is expected to take 12 to 18 months once ground is broken.
Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves (pictured), a long time DJ with WHJY-FM, a station co-owned with WHJJ, was among those killed in the fire. The radio station's parent company, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment was among the parties which contributed to a settlement with victims and their families.
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