WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) -- Thousands of people's lives were forever changed ten years ago, when the Station Nightclub went up in flames in one of the most fatal fires in American history.
One hundred men and women lost their lives, 200 more were injured, and mothers, fathers and countless relatives and friends across New England were woken up in the middle of the night to receive a phone call they'll never forget.
Jody King was one of these people.
He lost his brother, Tracy, that night, and for the last 10 years, he has been learning to adjust to life without him.
"He was my best friend," Jody said. "I could count on him for anything, and that's something I really miss."
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Tracy, a husband and father of three, was working as a bouncer at the club the night of the fire. He is said to have lost his life in the smoke-filled building while saving the lives of others.
"I hopped out of bed and took off and spent the next seven or eight hours combing and looking for Tracy," recalled Jody. "Then I spent the next four or five days at the Crowne Plaza with the rest of the families."
Wednesday night, Jody will join thousands of New Englanders in West Warwick to remember the loved ones lost.
"11:07 tomorrow night, I'll be thinking a lot. I'll be at the Station," said Jody. "My heart will race, I'll say a prayer for Tracy and we'll all give big hugs."
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Jody said his emotions were high on the eve of the anniversary, and he wished that every victim would continue to be remembered equally.
"There were 100 perfect angels that we lost that night," he said. "I have a great story about Tracy. There are 99 more beautiful stories about 99 more angels."
Special coverage of the Club Fire Tragedy: Ten Years Later will begin Wednesday on Eyewitness News Live at 5 on WPRI 12 and WPRI.com.
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Flames broke out at about 1:15 a.m. at Oakwood Gardens on Smithfield Road.