Rhode Island to Counsel Survivors of Club Fire

Rhode Island officials announced plans Tuesday to create a program to offer counseling to survivors of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people nearly a year ago.


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The Incident
First-In: Heroic Rescues
Death Toll Rises to 97
At Least 96 Dead in Inferno
Rescuers Struggle with Horror
Fire, Smoke Turns Club Into Hell
Discuss the Warwick Tragedy

The Aftermath
Web Site Comforts RI Patients
RI Gov. Orders Strict Inspections
2 Families Sue in RI Club Blaze
RI Nightclub Claims May Total $1B
RI Nightclub Death Toll Rises to 98
Victims Face Long Recovery
All But 4 Victims ID'd
Thousands Mourn Victims
IDs Could Take Days
Family, Friends Search
9/11 Widow Reflects
Survivors Recall Heroic Acts

The Investigation
Patron Capacity Unclear in RI Fire
Band Member Testifies
RI Reports Don't Mention Foam
Fire Inspector Report Released
Post-9/11 Drills Aid Club Rescue
Federal Team Launches Probe
Grand Jury Begins Probe
Brannigan: Inspectors Ready?
Investigation Ramps Up
Investigators Check Soundproof
Pyrotechnics Examined in Clubs
Disasters Prompt Inspections
Sprinklers Not Required
Nightclub Up to Code Before Fire
Town Withholds Records
RI Begins Inspections
No Warning of Pyro Use
Pyrotechnics Usually Safe
Atty: RI Club Rep. OK'd Pyrotech.
Fire Challenges State Atty. Gen.
IDs Weighed Heavy on Dentists
FEMA Denies Disaster Aid for Fire

Photos & Video
IBS Scene SlideShow
ABC: The Fire Starts
WJAR Video Feedroom

History of Tragedies
Carter: History Strikes Again
Fire, Life Safety Laws in Front
Tragedy Recalls Cocoanut Grove
Worst Club Tragedies
Nightclub Disasters Too Familiar
List: Worst Club Tragedies

Related Sites
West Warwick Fire Department
Warwick Fire Department
FH Network: Rhode Island
Providence Journal Coverage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island officials announced plans Tuesday to create a program to offer counseling to survivors of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people nearly a year ago.

The project is designed to provide mental-health and substance-abuse counseling to survivors of the Feb. 20 blaze at The Station in West Warwick, south of Providence.

The effort, organized by the state Department of Mental Health Retardation and Hospitals, will be paid for using $495,000 in federal funds.

The program will also provide training to help health workers and clergy care for 200 people who suffered serious burns and other injuries.

It is intended as a ``source of help for survivors, family members, first responders and others who may be suffering,'' Gov. Don Carcieri said in a statement.

The fire started when a rock band's pyrotechnic display set fire to flammable foam placed around the stage as soundproofing.