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The Boston Globe


Feb. 22, 2003

For firefighters, a night of screams and prayers

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - The local firefighters’ shift began by rescuing panicked and often severely burned victims, and it ended 12 hours later as they carried body bags out of the rubble.

It was by far the grisliest day in the West Warwick Fire Department’s history. Five firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and released, and many more suffered psychological distress while working at the leveled nightclub The Station. State agencies provided firefighters with counseling, but it was unclear last night how many of them used it.

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