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Originally posted by Alpha Grey
While I agree he was responsible.....there is no way in hell he wanted/wished for this to happen. Also what good is sending him to jail going to do ? He lost freinds, his business, his reputation and has to live with it for the rest of his life. No one could have predicted the fire would happen and it was just crap luck that it did. Remember that Great White did the exact same show in many venues with no issue and I will bet my life that other clubs out there have the same crappy sound insulation in them. Do we also blame the victims in this for panicking and clogging the exit when there were two other exits that basically went unused during the fire ?? (I have been there before so I know) If everyone had stayed somewhat calm and used ALL the exits this would not have happened. Everyone ran for the front effectively clogging it and never used the side exits.
This whole thing is terrible for everyone involved and I feel bad for them all.
Originally posted by shadow watcher
I too have been there as well as many other clubs in the state and they are ALL the same. These older buildings are not up the newer codes and the marshals know it. They fear that most business' would fail due to the enormous costs of redoing them correctly. This has been a problem for a long time and it was tradgic that people had to die to make this known. I remember in the 80's downtown, the clubs were packed to the rafters with kids. I worked the door at a couple and had the owners tell me to keep taking the money.
I cannot fault the customers one bit for panicking. The rules were broken and exits weren't visibly seen immediately. If it is your first time in a place, would you know all the exits? Would you even bother to look? These people needed a fast egress that wasn't available to them.
I feel that all those who were involved should shoulder the blame. Not just one scapegoat. Also, WTF is up with the suspended sentences? Even a year in jail would send a message, but there will most likely be no jail time across the board.
I weep for the time when that land gets sold for redevelopment. I told a family member of the landholder that they should will it to the town as a memorial park with no buildings. I hope the town at least offers to buy it for that purpose.