WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — In remembrance of the victims of the Station Nightclub fire, survivors and community members decided to shine 100 lights for each person who lost their life 15 years ago.
The Station Nightclub fire claimed the lives of 100 people and injured 200 more back in 2003, when the building went up in flames during a concert after pyrotechnics from the performance went haywire.
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“Horrifying, I can’t believe it’s been 15 years,” Dave Fravala, a survivor, said.
Fravala was inside the club when it caught fire. He lost eight friends that night.
In memory of his friends and other victims, Fravala organized the “100 Lights to Heaven” dedication Tuesday night. His goal was to have 100 lights shine at the Station Nightclub Memorial in West Warwick.
“At 11:03, I want 100 lights to shine from here to heaven to celebrate the 100 lives that were lost that night,” Fravala said.
Father Robert Marciano, who was the first chaplain on scene the night of the fire, said he doesn’t come back to the site very often. But, he said he does pray every day for the victims and their families.
“The tragedy, if we lose someone, is that we might forget them,” Marciano said. “This [memorial] certainly ensures future generations will not forget this. Not just the tragedy it was, but the beautiful lives that were lost.”
The memorial park was fully opened in May 2017, meaning this was the first time it was completed for the anniversary of the fire.