DEATH TOLL RISES

Latest figures suggest 96 people have died at the rock gig in Rhode Island...

The death toll at RHODE ISLAND gig fire has risen to 96.

As previously reported, the incident started at the Station nightclub, where metal group Great White were playing.

According to reports from the US, the fire erupted at around 11pm (February 20) after the pyrotechnics at the start of the show seemed to ignite foam on the walls.

Latest figures, according to Reuters, put figure at least 96 dead and 180 injured, which still could rise.

Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri said: “It would not surprise me to see a fatality number of over 100.”

More than 300 people were estimated to be inside the building. Hundreds of firefighters attended the blaze, which was described by some witnesses on American TV as the worst they had ever seen.

Audience member John Dimeo described what he saw: “People were screaming and shouting profanities … as the fire spread through the club. People’s hair was on fire. People’s coats were on fire. People were at the doorway getting trampled on.”

Great White were heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin, releasing a tribute album to them in 1999. Formed in the 1980’s, they were nominated for a Grammy for their song ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’.