Relatives quietly mark 12th anniversary of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100



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WEST WARWICK, Rhode Island — Family and friends of the 100 people killed in The Station nightclub fire marked the 12th anniversary of the blaze Friday, some visiting the site in quiet remembrance.

Jody King, of Warwick, visited the snow-blanketed scene to pay his respects to his brother, Tracy, a bouncer who perished when the club was engulfed by flames from pyrotechnics gone awry. King has an image of his brother tattooed on his chest.

"I haven't talked to Tracy in 12 years and six days," King said, with tears in his eyes.

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation is raising funds to build a permanent memorial park at the site.

The fire was started when pyrotechnics for the band Great White set fire to flammable foam inside the popular nightclub. More than 200 people were injured.

A service planned for Feb. 15 at West Warwick High School was rescheduled because of blizzard conditions, but no new date has been announced.

King said he visits the site every year on the anniversary of the Feb. 20, 2003, fire and meets with relatives of other victims at the Cowesett Inn across the street.

A chain link fence surrounding the area did not deter King, who hopped over it and trudged through snow to stand in the spot where his brother was killed.

He said he especially misses his younger brother on his birthday, when he would usually receive a call from him.

Gina Russo, who runs the memorial foundation, said during preparations for the service, "Honoring them once a year is the least we can do."

Russo was badly burned in the fire, and her fiancé died.

"For those of us that survived and the victims' family members, it's just something we have to do," Russo said.

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