Judge Dismisses State, Fire Marshal From Great White Club Fire Civil Suit
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The Associated Press is reporting that a federal judge has dismissed the state of Rhode Island and the state Fire Marshal from a civil complaint stemming from The Station nightclub fire.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux says Fire Marshal Irving Owens and the state are both protected from liability.
Survivors of the February 20, 2003 fire and relatives of the victims have sued dozens of people in federal court.
Club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and former GREAT WHITE tour manager Daniel Biechele have been charged criminally.
The plaintiffs accused Owens of not inspecting the club properly and say he failed to discover the flammable foam that's blamed for spreading the blaze.
Lagueux also ruled that West Warwick Fire Inspector Denis Laroque and the town itself will remain as defendants.
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