What a Creep Season 19, Episode 9: The Station Nightclub Fire

On Thursday, February 20, 2003, at 11:07 pm, the band Great White headed onto the stage of the East Warwick, Rhode Island rock club The Station with a blast of pyrotechnic sparks. Singer Jack Russell quickly observed that the stage and ceiling were catching fire, and the crowd of over 460 people was told to leave the building.

Within 6 minutes, the building was engulfed in flames killing 100 people (the youngest was 18) and injuring 230 others. Today we will discuss what led up to the tragedy and what has happened in the 20 years since then.

Trigger warning: Death by fire

Sources for this episode include:

Station Nightclub Fire Wikipedia
The Providence Journal
CBS 48 Hours (October 2021)
The Hour (Norwalk, CT)
Report of the Technical Investigation of The Station Nightclub Fire
(June 2005)WPRI.com (Timeline of Events)
NBC News
The New York Times (2003)
YouTube “Wonder”
The Cinemaholic
The New York Times (2006)
Boston Globe 2021
Daily Mail 2021
More Resources:
Killer Show by John BarylickFrom the Ashes,
Surviving the Station Nightclub Fire by Gail Russo
Trial by Fire by Scott James

The Not Fade Away Podcast “The Who in Cincinnati”