WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire and friends and family members of the 100 people who died are planning to mark the 12th anniversary of the fire at a local high school instead of at the site.

Gina Russo of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation says the decision was due to ongoing construction to build a permanent memorial and safety concerns.

Pyrotechnics for the band Great White set fire to flammable foam inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick Feb. 20, 2003. Russo says the 11th anniversary memorial service was also held off-site.

Russo says this year’s event begins at 1 p.m., Feb. 15, at West Warwick High School. Organizers plan to discuss the construction and fundraising efforts.

Russo hopes next year’s ceremony can be held at a finished memorial.

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