May 12, 2008
Providence, Rhode Island
Today several manufactures of foam sound proofing have settled with the multiple families who have sued over the tragedy of the station night club fire. The settlements must be approved by the families and is only one step closer in awarding the families.
The foam companies that agreed to settle include Leggett & Platt Inc. based in Carthage, Mo., Wm. T. Burnett & Co. based in Baltimore and several others. The owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian bought the foam from American Foam Corp. in Johnston. It is not clear at this time who produced the foam, although it is currently under investigation.
Many of the lawsuits cited that the foam manufactures failed to prepare to make the foam with proper fire protection measures and smoke development characteristics. The foam and various materials were installed throughout the station night club and aided in the acceleration of the deadly fire and smoke development.
The settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, must be approved by the judge. Other defendants are privately held U.S. foam makers Wm. T. Burnett & Co, General Foam Corp and FFNC Corp.
The club’s owners, brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, have said they did not know the foam was flammable. Investigators said the foam fueled the fire.
What obligation did the owners have to follow the adopted building and fire code?