Clear Channel announced today that it has reached a settlement in a legal dispute brought by the family of the victims of last year's fire in Warwick, Rhode Island, which killed more than 100 people. Club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian have tentatively agreed to a $1.5 million settlement that their families have filed against them, the families' lawyers said Wednesday. According to court documents filed Wednesday, they reached an agreement on the terms of their settlement and offered to settle for $813,000, which would cover their legal fees and costs, while the couple is pursuing a bankruptcy protection lawsuit against Clear Channel and its parent company, Discovery Communications.
In September 2008, Jack Russell Tour Group Inc. offered survivors and relatives of the victims a $1 million settlement, the maximum allowed under the band insurance plan. The insurer had previously said the $1 million was the minimum amount for the policy and not the total amount of fire damage, but the insurer had previously said it was about twice the maximum amount in the bands' insurance policies. In addition to paying $10 million to the settlement, Clear Channel and its parent company Discovery Communications Inc. have agreed to pay an additional $5 million in legal fees and court fees, and St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch would pay the other $5 million.
ServiceMaster was called to the surrounding communities and Mason's call center was called to the fire area.
We are making every effort to contact ServiceMaster and Mason in Warwick, RI, to ensure that fire repair begins immediately. Once we contact them, we can start restoring them so that you can get your life back on track.
If the damage gets worse, it is our top priority to contact ServiceMaster and Mason as soon as possible. We will be available to ensure that damage is assessed and repaired as quickly as possible to as many of our customers and their property owners in Warwick, Rhode Island, and we will also be available in the event of further damage to your property.
When a fire breaks out, the health and safety of the people affected should be our top priority. A fire will never provide the same level of protection as a normal fire, not to mention the safety of our employees, customers and property owners. We will ensure that all those affected are held accountable and that the fire is extinguished as quickly as possible, even in the event of further damage to property.
In the US, there were other nightclub fires, which also resulted in significant loss of life. At least 602 people died in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in New York City on July 16, 1962. That fire was surpassed only by the 1942 Coco Peanut Grove fire, which killed 492 people, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The site of the fire was evacuated and thousands of mourners paid tribute to the victims who lost their homes, businesses, homes and other possessions in the blaze. Numerous crosses left by relatives of the deceased were placed on the memorial. As for the smoke remnants in the club, a foaming yellow digger has been picking through the remains of the building with aplomb.
Many of the fire and property damage has already been demolished by operators, but none of them could claim victims. Television crews had to behave with some advantage, keeping reporters at a distance from the burning wreckage. A reporter from CNN's Casey watched blue-gloved fire investigators comb through what looked like indistinguishable ash in the distance.
Other injured people were taken to hospital, some suffered serious burns and require urgent treatment. In the other room I didn't get any smoke, so I didn't think anything of it, but the flames weren't that bad. He went to hospital with a photo that doctors had matched to his horribly burned face.
Among the questioners was Whitney Casey, the young CNN reporter who had just left a Manhattan nightclub after a friend's birthday party. When she arrived, dance music echoed through her sleep - headless, but now all that remained was a disgusting smell of smoke and the sound of biting winds as they moved south. It was the first of many discoveries that should answer the questions of everyone in Providence who saw the first video: Why did the fire spread so quickly?
The flames started as soon as the pyrotechnics stopped and they engulfed the entire stage and passed just past the ceiling.
One hundred died, 230 were injured, 132 escaped unharmed and 100 died from the resulting robbery. More than half of the survivors were injured or injured, and more than a hundred of them died from their injuries in the fire.
Providence radio station WHJY-FM would promote Mike "Doctor" Gonsalves, who was among the victims that night. Among those killed in the fire were the owner of a local liquor store, a doctor and two of his employees.