Foam firms offer to settle

From the Associated Press

Several foam manufacturers have agreed to pay $30 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors and family members of those who died in a 2003 fire at a rock concert in Rhode Island that killed 100 people and hurt more than 200.

The settlement offers were disclosed in court papers filed Monday.

More than $101 million has now been offered to victims of the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick from several companies, including Home Depot and a maker of fireworks. Plaintiffs have yet to approve the settlements.

The fire was started when a pyrotechnics display for the rock band Great White ignited foam placed around the stage for soundproofing.

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