The Associated Press reports that Clear Channel Radio has tentatively approved a $22 million settlement with survivors and victims of a 2003 nightclub fire.
The deal is one of several related to the fire in West Warwick, R.I., that killed 100 people and injured 200 others.
Victims’ attorneys said in court papers that Clear Channel Providence station WHJY(FM) promoted the Great White concert and gave away free tickets. They also alleged that station personality Mike Gonsalves — who died in the fire — could have stopped or delayed the concert for safety reasons but did not do so. AP reported the fire began when fireworks used by the rock band Great White ignited flammable foam used as soundproofing on the club’s walls and ceiling.
AP reported a statement from the company: “While Clear Channel had no role in causing or contributing to this fire, we are pleased to resolve these claims and, hopefully, contribute in some way to a sense of resolution for the affected victims and their families.”
All the plaintiffs and the federal judge overseeing the case need to approve the settlement for it to become effective.