GREAT WHITE Fire Death Toll Rises To 100

A woman who clung to life for more than 10 weeks after being badly burned in the GREAT WHITE nightclub fire in Rhode Island died on Sunday night, raising the death toll from the blaze to 100.

The woman, Pam Gruttadauria, 33, of Johnston, R.I., had been in critical condition since the fire, which was set off by a pyrotechnic display in a concert by GREAT WHITE at the Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20.

The blaze consumed the small, low-ceilinged building within minutes, killing 97 people that night and injuring nearly 200 others. Including Ms. Gruttadauria, who died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, three people have died of their injuries at hospitals in the area.

Gruttadauria was the first fire fatality since March 6, when a 39-year-old man lost his battle.

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Gruttadauria's death comes as workers are cleaning up The Station's ruins. A crew was at the site Monday, removing chunks of concrete and other debris from the ruined property. Once the site is cleared, it will be covered with dirt to make the area safe, town officials said.


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