FBI To Probe GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Corruption Charges

September 9, 2004

The Associated Press is reporting that the FBI will review allegations made by the father of the GREAT WHITE nightclub fire victim that corruption and politics are the reason town fire inspectors were never indicted in the case.

David Kane, the father of 18-year-old Nicholas O'Neill, who died in the February 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., and a candidate for state attorney general, acknowledges, however, that he doesn't have any evidence to back up his claims of political motivations and corruption.

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire killed 100 people and injured nearly 200 people attending a concert by GREAT WHITE. A state grand jury has indicted club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and Daniel Biechele, the tour manager for the band whose pyrotechnics sparked the fire. Each faces 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter — two counts for each death.

Kane contends West Warwick fire inspectors — who failed to note the existence of highly flammable foam on the walls of the nightclub or other violations in inspections before the fire — should also have been indicted. Read more.

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