New Defendants Added to Nightclub Fire Civil Case

People affected by a deadly nightclub fire added dozens of new defendants to a lawsuit Wednesday, including members of the band Great White whose pyrotechnics sparked the blaze and manufacturers of flammable foam that fed the flames.

The new defendants were added to a complaint filed in 2004 on behalf of 275 plaintiffs, including survivors of the fire and relatives of those killed. They allege negligence and carelessness led to the deaths and injuries in the Feb. 20, 2003, blaze at the Station in West Warwick, R.I.

The lawsuit alleges that members of Great White helped with the pyrotechnics show but failed to get the required permit. The blaze began when sparks from the pyrotechnics ignited soundproofing foam around the stage.

The fire killed 100 people and injured more than 200.

The third anniversary of the blaze is the statute of limitations for bringing a claim, said Steven Minicucci, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

It was unclear Wednesday who was representing the additional defendants.