Tentative $30M Deal Reached In 2003 Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Case

FoxNews.com reports that a TV station and a cameraman accused of getting in the way of people fleeing the nightclub fire that killed 100 people have reached a tentative $30 million settlement with survivors and victims' relatives, a lawyer involved in the deal said Saturday.

It is the largest settlement of several reached so far with the dozens of people and companies who sued over the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub. The blaze began when pyrotechnics used by the 1980s rock band GREAT WHITE ignited highly flammable soundproofing foam covering the walls.

Brian Butler, a cameraman for WPRI-TV, was at the West Warwick nightclub gathering footage for a segment on safety in public places. His video formed the most complete record of the early moments of the fire, revealing the rapid spread of flames and the frantic rush for the exits.

Read more at FoxNews.com.

Watch the "raw footage" from the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2.

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