RI Looking At Legalities Of Seizing Club Fire Site

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says his office is examining the legalities of seizing by eminent domain the site of a 2003 nightclub fire where 100 people were killed so a memorial can be built there.

Chafee said Tuesday the state must proceed deliberately. He says the approaching 10-year anniversary of the Station fire in West Warwick is an appropriate time to renew focus on the site.

Families of the victims have been fighting for years to build a memorial at the site of the blaze, which was started by a rock band's pyrotechnics.

The land is owned by a private company, which has so far refused to sell or donate it.

Chafee says working with the landowner is preferable to seizing the site.

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