Great White to Pay $1M Over Deadly R.I. Stage Fire

Latest legal development in nightclub fire tragedy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2008 5:18 PM CDT
Nightclub worker Scott Vieira, right front, and Daniel Biechele, right, tour manager for Great White, appear near the stage in West Warwick, R.I., as foam bursts into flames at the 2003 show.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The 1980s rock band whose pyrotechnics sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in Rhode Island has agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and victims' relatives. The settlement offer from Great White was revealed in court papers today. Roughly $175 million has now been offered by dozens of defendants to settle lawsuits over the blaze in February 2003 at the jammed club in Warwick.