Jonathan Saltzman of the Boston Globe reports: The Home Depot and a foam insulation maker have agreed to contribute $5 million to settle civil lawsuits filed on behalf of most of the 300 people killed or injured in the 2003 Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, raising the total tentative settlement to $18.5 million, plaintiffs' lawyers said in federal court in Providence yesterday.Mark Mandell, a lawyer for scores of plaintiffs, told US District Judge Ronald R. Lagueux that Home Depot and Polar Industries Inc. of Prospect, Conn., agreed in principle to make the payment because the home improvement retailer sold foam manufactured by Polar that was in the ceiling above where the fire started. The fire, which began after pyrotechnics were set off inside the West Warwick nightclub during a performance of the band GREAT WHITE on Feb. 20, 2003, killed 100 people, including 33 from Massachusetts, and injured more than 200. It was the fourth-deadliest fire in US history. Read more at the Boston Globe.
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