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Work Begins on RI Nightclub Fire Memorial

(ROBERT E. KLEIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILE)

(ROBERT E. KLEIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILE)

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Work has begun on a memorial to the 100 people who died in a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island.

A crew began erecting a fence Wednesday around the perimeter of the West Warwick site where the Station nightclub once sat. In the decade since the Feb. 20, 2003, fire, a makeshift memorial of homemade crosses and other mementos of those who died have marked the site.

The fence will close the site to visitors.

The foundation working to build the memorial park estimates it will be completed next year.

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