Today Rhode Island's eyes are on the tragedy of the Brazil nightclub fire, which is a painful experience of deja-vu for the state.
A fire tore through the Kiss nightclub in Brazil Sunday morning has killed more than 200 people and left 120 injured, reports CNN. The Brazil nightclub was allegedly packed with more than 2000 people, double its capacity.
The story has startling similarities to February 2003, when a fire resulting from Great White's use of pyrotechnics at The Station nightclub in West Warwick resulted in 100 deaths, and 230 injured.
There are reports that the Brazil nightclub's insulation foam ignited the fire. The pyrotechnics used at The Station set fire to flammable soundproofing foam that lined the walls and ceiling.
Concertgoers pushed and shoved, in a frantic attempt to get out of the Brazil nightclub, similar to the heart-wrenching stories we still hear from survivors of the 2003 fire.
Since the nightclub fire, Rhode Island has introduced laws to avoid a similar tragedy: sprinkler systems in businesses, regulations on pyrotechnics, and enforcement of capacity laws.
Ten years later, as we watch the story of the Brazil nightclub fire unfold, what are your thoughts? Why didn't the world learn from our tragedy?