Report: Documents In GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Probe Released

The Associated Press reports:

The fire marshal who inspected a nightclub a few months before a fire [at a GREAT WHITE concert] killed 100 people there said he failed to notice flammable foam around the stage because after he saw an exit door that swung the wrong way, "I really didn't look anywhere" else.

A previously unreleased transcript of a state police interview with town fire inspector Denis Larocque was among more than 3,000 pages of evidence made public Wednesday from the criminal case of the 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

The release of documents was prompted by open records requests made to the attorney general's office by The Associated Press, The Providence Journal and The Boston Globe. The office expects to release tens of thousands of pages over the next several weeks, said spokesman Michael Healey.

In a transcript of one brief interview a few days after the fire, Larocque was asked whether he noticed foam around the stage area during a November 2002 inspection.

"No, I did not," he replied before adding that he was focused on an exit door that swung the wrong way and that he had previously listed as violating code. He said seeing the door again violating code so surprised him that "I really didn't look anywhere" else.

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