I've heard that the owners of the RI club may be charged with murder or manslaughter along with a host of other charges. I feel almost as bad for them as I do for the fire victims and their families. Their business and careers are ruined, and they have to live with the deaths of 96 people in their hearts for the rest of their lives. If it's true the band was using fire without permission, clearly THEY bear the responsibility and should face the consequences. I'm not saying the owners are necessarily blameless, but I'm so tired of nightclub owners being crucified and blamed for everything.
Last night a large group of inspectors from the NYPD and FDNY showed up at Webster and shut us down twice for 1/2 hour each time while they ran flashlights all over the place and made notes. Things will be tense for a while.