Foam Company Settles Station Suit

The American Foam Company, which sold flammable acoustic foam to The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I.,, has agreed to pay $6.3 million to fire survivors and victims’ relatives.

The February 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub began when pyrotechnics during a Great White performance ignited the foam, which was used as soundproofing.

The fire killed 100 people and injured more than 200. Total settlements are roughly $155 million. None of the settlements is final.

American Foam sold the club $575 of foam in June 2000. Experts say the material burns like gasoline.

Michael Derderian, co-owner of the club, is expected to be free on parole next year from his four-year prison sentence.