Experts Wrap Up Rhode Island Club Fire Probe

Private fire investigators have finished searching the site of a deadly nightclub fire and are briefing civil lawyers on what they found, attorneys said.


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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) -- Private fire investigators have finished searching the site of a deadly nightclub fire and are briefing civil lawyers on what they found, attorneys said.

Attorney Mark Decof said Tuesday the private investigators were in the process of identifying nearly 500 materials that were found.

Decof and other lawyers representing victims' families and survivors of the fire are interested in materials such as foam and carpeting that may have contributed to the fire's rapid spread.

The Feb. 20 fire killed 99 people and injured nearly 200 more. The blaze started after a band's pyrotechnics display set fire to foam that had been placed on the wall around the stage as soundproofing. The fire engulfed the building within minutes.

``There are some items we know the source of, but there are still many to identify,'' Decof said. The manufacturers and distributors, he said, could be named as defendants in future lawsuits.

Decof, who has not yet filed any lawsuits, said the identification process would take about two weeks.