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100th R.I. Fire Victim Dies

Bulldozers begin clearing debris from disaster site

Thirty-three-year-old Pamela Gruttadauria died on May 4th at
Massachusetts General Hospital of burns sustained at the February
20th fire during a Great White concert at the Station nightclub in
West Warwick, Rhode Island. Gruttadauria was the 100th victim of
the tragedy, which was triggered by the pyrotechnics display on
stage. Also among the dead was a local radio station DJ and Ty
Longley, Great White’s guitarist. More than 200 fans were injured
in the fire, though there is no official count as to how many
remain hospitalized.

The day after Gruttadauria’s death, bulldozers began to remove
the remaining debris from the site of the fire.

Last week, Great White frontman Jack Russell and guitarist Mark
Kendall gave their first performance since the tragedy, playing one
song at a benefit for those who lost loved ones in the fire. The
band is planning a fifty-five-date tour this summer with Warrant
and L.A. Guns, with Great White’s portion of the proceeds also
going to families of those killed.

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