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Questions still linger over fire inspector’s role

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — No single person bears the blame for the fire at The Station nightclub, but, for relatives of the dead and survivors of the inferno, one name stands out: Denis P. Larocque.

“Rocky,” the town’s chief fire inspector at the time of the fire, inspected The Station at least twice in the years immediately preceding the blaze, but he failed to cite club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian for installing highly flammable foam soundproofing materials that covered some walls and parts of the ceiling. Starting in 1999, he also dramatically increased the club’s legal capacity from 258 to 404.

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