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Memorial to open at site of 2003 fire that killed 100 people

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/19/2017 By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press
Workers finalize details at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) © The Associated Press Workers finalize details at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A memorial is due to open at the site of a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people.

Bricks in a walkway at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, honor victims of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) © The Associated Press Bricks in a walkway at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, honor victims of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

The memorial at the site of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick is scheduled to open Sunday with a ceremony that's expected to draw hundreds of people.

Plaques honoring victims comprise a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) © The Associated Press Plaques honoring victims comprise a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

The blaze began when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable foam that lined the club's walls as soundproofing. It was engulfed within seconds. More than 200 people were injured.

Workers finalize details at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) © The Associated Press Workers finalize details at a memorial in West Warwick, R.I., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 people in 2003. The memorial is scheduled to open during a ceremony Sunday. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

Gina Russo is a fire survivor and president of the foundation that has worked for years to secure the land and raise the money to build the park. She says she hopes now that it's built, she can finally let go of some of the guilt of surviving.

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