Has it really been 6 years?
February 20, 2009
It occurred to me this morning that today is the 6 year anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire. In 2003 C and were living in a townhouse apx 5 minutes from where the Station Nightclub used to be. I remember hearing the sirens and watching the rescue vehicles fly down the sightly busy road we lived off of. I remember turning on the TV to see what had happened and I remember the horrific images. Since then….
-I never go in to a bar, a night club or theatre with out taking note of the nearest fire exit. I don’t know that it would have mattered for many of those people, but I can’t help it.
-The world of fire safety and prevention in public areas has changed. Every time you have an event and find out you can not have open flames or your hurricane glass must be so may inches taller than your votive, it is one of the may restults of what happened in Rhode Island in 2003.
-The courts are STILL trying to figure out how to compensate victims and their families for the horrific damage fire does to the human body.
-The state and the people who remember the incident are still raw with emotion. This was made clear to me a few months ago when Desperate Housewives was showing an episode that included scenes for a fire. I don’t watch Desperate Housewives, but for hours before the program aired a yellow warning bands scrolled across the TV letting viewers know that the images in that evenings program may be difficult for some to watch and that they may be similar to what happened at The Station Nightclub.
-The airing of the Doc’s last radio broadcast still sends chills down my spine.