Tax incentive to help small business owners install sprinklers

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – It’s been 15 years since the fire at the Station Nightclub, but its survivors and their dedicated community continue to work to change fire safety laws and regulations to help prevent a repeat disaster.

A new federal tax incentive will allow small business owners to deduct the cost of retrofitting buildings with fire sprinklers. This covers most “high risk” businesses, including nightclubs and other entertainment venues.

The Station did not have a sprinkler system, which experts say could’ve helped to save lives that tragic night by suppressing the fire in its earliest stages.

Other factors were blamed for the fire’s rapid spread and the high number of deaths and injuries, including the club’s foam insulation.

Robert Feeney, who survived the fire and became a firefighter in Onset as a result, stressed the importance of sprinkler systems on Tuesday.

“There’s no more excuses not to make your building as safe as it can be,” he said.

Feeney was one of many people who paid a visit to memorial park on the 15th anniversary of the fire.

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