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Memorial to R.I. Nightclub Fire Closer to $2M Goal

Organizers of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation say they have raised $1.3 million

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    Memorial to R.I. Nightclub Fire Closer to $2M Goal
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    WEST WARWICK, RI - MAY 10: Crosses are stand at the site of the Station nightclub fire May 10, 2006 in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The sentence will be handed down today against former Great White tour manager Daniel M. Biechele, who lit off a pyrotechnics display that started the fire on February 21, 2003, killing one hundred people. Biechele has pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

    The slow road to build a permanent memorial at the site of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people 12 years ago is getting shorter.

    Organizers of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation say they have raised $1.3 million for the effort after receiving several large donations, closer than ever to their $2 million goal.

    Jody King's brother was killed in the blaze. King says by this time next year, the memorial should be completed.

    The 2003 blaze started when pyrotechnics for the band Great White set fire to flammable foam inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

    The memorial foundation secured ownership of the land in 2012, but got a slow start raising money.

    Fire survivor Gina Russo says they are trying to build it so they can heal.

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