In R.I. tragedy, a call for fire safety

A teddy bear rests on a makeshift memorial to a victim of The Station nightclub fire on Wednesday.

Steven Senne/AP

A teddy bear rests on a makeshift memorial to a victim of The Station nightclub fire on Wednesday.

I WAS greatly impressed with the quality of the reporting of Mark Arsenault and Eric Moskowitz in their painful remembrance of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., 10 years ago (“Finding life after the fire that will never go out,” Page A1, Feb. 17). The journey back for those who survived and the never ending pain for those lost were clearly evident in their excellent writing.

Having served on the Sprinkler and Fire Safety Commission, I know firsthand the efforts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to make our public venues safer. The leadership of State Fire Marshal Steve Coan has made our state safer.


Difficult decisions were made regarding facilities for veterans’ organizations and Sportsmen’s Clubs. Painfully, some were closed.

But to be reminded of the terrible results of not having acted with public safety in mind continues to reinforce the reasons for the tough choices that were made.

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My continued hope is for the healing of all of those who suffered so much a decade ago.

State Senator
Stephen M. Brewer


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