The Station Fire Web log - Week three
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Journal coverage (reg. req.)
I've been off staff for a few days, so here's a week's worth of links.
Hope Valley firefighter Mike Scanlon sends a great tale:
I am the Deputy Chief of the Hope-Jackson Fire Co. Hope R.I. My department
sent two rescue units from Hope and one rescue unit from Potterville
Fire Department to the fire at The Station and transported several people.
But what brought the biggest impact to me was a medical aid call that
I was directed to at a home in West Warwick.
As we were returning from the hospital for the second time, we were
released to return to our town. Then we were asked to respond to a emergency
medical house call off Factory Street in West Warwick for an elderly
woman having difficulty breathing. When we arrived on scene we met a
Cranston Fire Department ladder truck whose crew was treating the woman.
We started to stabilize the patient, who was on home oxygen, and in
obvious respiratory difficulty, to get her ready to go to the hospital
when she stated that she was not going to go to the hospital because
"she did not want to take any attention away from the young people
hurt in that fire." She was very insistent, so my crew and I helped
stabilize her, made her comfortable and made sure that her husband knew
to call for help if her condition did not improve.
The charity of this woman just brought the enormity of the whole incident
into a real perspective. There are a lot of stories of heroism, unselfish
behavior, firefighters and police officers, EMT's going beyond the physically
possible, but this woman, just stressed to me the length that people
are willing to go to help.
of Rhode Island is a memorial site for those who perished in the
It is here to commemorate their life story, their accomplishments,
the people they touched in their lives, pictures, poems, writings, awards,
and messages from those they loved and left behind.
Their life story will be available here for viewing all the time, so
you can come and spend some time with a friend and/or loved one.
All memorials will be constructed free as requests are made. This site
does not cost nor will it ever charge for the creation of a memorial.
I will do all I can to make a memorial to your loved one something that
will give comfort and pride for years to come. A memorial here will
be available for future generations.
I am currently asking that family or friends send in photographs or
any other material relevant to capturing the memory of their loved ones,
include birth date. Please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 508-878-5574.
a story about it in the Cranston Herald.
is an interesting attempt by Matthew Moniz, soundman by night, scientist
by day, to stage benefits to provide artificial skin to the burn victims
of the fire.
Victims' condition updates on the Web: (Daily
hospital updates are linked from projo.com's main Station
Fire page. reg. req.)
(Catallozzi) Gauvin, 42, of Johnston, listed in critical condition
at UMass/Worcester. Her sister Denise gives almost daily condition updates
to , who's maintaining this page for Gina as well as coordinating fundraisiing
efforts on her behalf, especially by fellow reptile owners.
The latest, posted yesterday:
Gina started Aggressive Burn Treatment yesterday (Wednesday). They
basically give her a shower to clean her up and to remove any dead tissue.
The Doctor said she opened her eyes while they were in the process of
her treatment. She gave him a foggy look. But as always she is still
fighting- The nurses are saying that they know that she can hear them
when they talk to her because of her reactions. She sometimes moves
her mouth like she's trying to say something- but she can't because
of the tubes down her throat- which hopefully they will be able to remove
21, of Lincoln,
listed in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital.
Phil and Barbara Barr of Lincoln, parents of Bates College junior
Philip Barr, have been updating this page on Mondays. Here's an excerpt
from this week's report:
Yesterday, the ventilator settings were reduced to a point that allowed
the doctors to eliminate the paralytic drug that had immobilized him
for the past eleven days.
Within two hours after the paralytic drug was removed, Philip's eyes
opened and he acknowledged our presence. By late afternoon, he was responding
to questions and letting his feelings be known through hand gestures,
head and eye movements. He tries to talk, but the tubes in his throat
prevent him from doing so.
Needless to say, Sunday afternoon was great! Philip clearly demonstrated
to us that his spirit is intact. With that knowledge, we feel confident
that he will continue to improve and accelerate his rate of recovery.
may use this page to send a message to Philip Barr and other victims
at Rhode Island Hospital.
Rager, 31, of Kent, Ohio, Brigham & Women's, good condition.
Rager is a Cleveland sound man hired for the Great White tour. The bottom
of this page at roadie.net has the latest:
3/12/2003 8:00 p.m.
Today we can report Bob is doing better.
He is awake.
His skin grafts are taking well.
Good news -- word is he will be flown back to Cleveland on Monday, 3/17/2003
new nightlife: A roundtable discussion among club owners Rich
Lupo (Lupo's, downtown Providence), Kevin Cummings (Cats and KC's Tap
in Pawtucket), Kevin Finnegan (Ocean Mist, S. Kingstown) and musicians
Jason Kendall (Amazing Crowns, Deterrents) and Neal Vitullo (Yound Neal
and the Vipers) on the future of the local music scene and the impact
of pending legislation. At the Providence
condition: The cost of caring for victims of the Station fire will
stress the already fragile economic health of Rhode Island's hospitals.
Also at the Phoenix, my former colleague Brian Jones notes in this
fine piece, "As many as 36 of the estimated 217 persons cared for
by the hospitals may not have medical insurance. The cost of providing
free care could run into the millions of dollars."
fire impacts LU 107 & 94 (New England Regional Council of
The fire that burned “The Station” in West Warwick, Rhode
Island had tragic consequences for the Brothers and Sisters of the Carpenters
Union. One member of Local 107 in Worcester and five members of Rhode
Island Local 94 were at the club that night to see Great White perform.
disaster training tested by Rhode Island nightclub fire (AMNews,
at the American Medical Association site)
"All of the injuries are remarkably deep. Most of the burns are
not routine third-degree burns," said Rob Sheridan, MD, co-director
of the burn unit at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, which got
who fought to save lives (The Warwick Beacon, Feb. 25. A good
story we missed earlier.)
Those who died in the fourth deadliest fire in the nation’s history
Thursday night went quickly, perhaps never knowing what overcame them.
“They were killed by smoke inhalation. No one died of burns. They
never felt the flash over. They didn’t die an agonizing death,”
Peter Ginaitt said Sunday.
of Flames, by Amy Bowers, in the Notes from the field section
of The Digital Journalist.
It was a fire. Not a terrorist attack, not a biological attack, no
cloud. We know how to cover this kind of disaster. We ask questions,
we observe. We park dozens of satellite trucks, move them, and park
again. We "stand in front of the camera and talk."
of Ethics by Jim Parisi at The Digital Journalist.
So what the hell was Channel 12 doing, on the reporter's first week
on the job allowing him to write a piece on safety using B-roll of his
week's Station Fire Web log is here. Week
one is here.