Date: May 2003

A fire rips through The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., Feb. 21 killing 99 patrons. The news is filled with horrific accounts of the speed in which the venue was engulfed by flames ignited by a pyrotechnics show. Adding to the media frenzy was that just days before, a stampede in a Chicago nightclub killed 21 people. In both incidents, patrons mobbed one exit.

"The day of the fire, [Station co-owner] Jeffrey [Derderian] was in here interviewing me for a st...

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