Thursday, February 17, 2011

Eight Years Since "The Station" Fire

On Sunday, February 20, it will be eight years since the fast-moving fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick claimed 100 lives and forever changed the lives of many hundreds more. To mark that grim moment in the history or Rhode Island's family, WSBE will reprise the documentary, "41" on February 20 at 11 p.m.  41 the story about the fire's youngest victim, Nicholas O'Neill, who was 18 at the time of the fire.

Earlier that day,  a memorial service is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on the site where the nightclub once stood on Cowesset Avenue. The memorial service program, directions, and more information is available at The Station Fire Memorial FoundationThis story by WPRI updates the efforts to create a permanent memorial park on the site.

Sunday night's film, 41, was produced and directed by Christian De Rezendes and Christian O'Neill (Nicky's older brother). It paints a portrait of Nicky's 18 years - packed full in so short a time with the young man's prolific writing, composing, acting... and his fascination with the number 41. But what makes the film so remarkable is the story after the story: what happened - and continues to happen - after the deadly fire took his life on February 20, 2003. Signs are everywhere that Nicky's spirit continues to move among his family and friends. Even strangers.

"41" is a story of uplifting hope, insight, and comfort. And it may change the way you think about life and death.


WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air on digital 36.1; Cox/Verizon/Full Channel 08; DirecTV 36; Dish Network 7776; ComCast subscribers, please check local listings for the channel number in your area.

Viewers with high definition (HD) capability can receive WSBE Rhode Island PBS HD programming over the air on digital 36.1, Cox 708, Verizon 508, ComCast 819.