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Station nightclub fire memorial reaches $2M fundraising goal

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WEST WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND - FEBRUARY 23: The burned remnants of "The Station" nightclub litters the scene February 23, 2003 in West Warwick, Rhode Island. A deadly fire, that took the lives of 96 people, started when a pyrotechnics display during a concert set the club's sound proofing aflame February 20, 2003. (Photo By Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)

WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Organizers of the effort to build a permanent memorial at the site of the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island say they have achieved their $2 million fundraising goal.

The February 2003 blaze in West Warwick killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

The leadership committee of the Station Fire Memorial Park Campaign announced Monday that after several years of fundraising, it had reached the $2 million mark.

station nightclub fire rhode islandFormer Republican Gov. Don Carcieri, co-chair of the committee, credited the generosity of Rhode Island businesses and thousands of ordinary citizens.

The memorial park is expected to be dedicated in the spring and include granite monuments for each person who died.

The fire started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam inside the club.