Governments offer $20 million in Rhode Island nightclub fire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The state of Rhode Island and the town of West Warwick have each agreed to pay $10 million to those left behind after a nightclub fire that killed 100 people.

The settlement offers were revealed in court documents filed Monday.

The 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick began when pyrotechnics from the rock band Great White ignited soundproofing foam on the walls and ceiling.

Besides the 100 people killed, more than 200 people were injured.

Survivors and victims' relatives have now been offered a total of nearly $175 million from the governments and a variety of companies sued over the fire. None of the money has been distributed yet.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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