Rhode Island nightclub owners reach settlement in fatal fire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The owners of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people have reached an $813,000 settlement with survivors and relatives of those killed.

The settlement offer from Jeffrey and Michael Derderian will be covered by their insurance policy since the brothers had earlier received bankruptcy protection that shielded them from lawsuits over the fire.

The agreement was revealed in court papers Wednesday.

It comes a day after victims' lawyers reached a separate $1 million settlement with members of Great White, the 1980s rock band whose pyrotechnics triggered the Feb. 20, 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

More than $175 million has now been offered to the 300 people suing over the fire, which began when the pyrotechnics ignited cheap packaging foam the Derderians had installed as soundproofing.

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

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