Experts investigating the club fire say new legislation may be needed
(Gaithersburg, Maryland-AP) -- A panel of experts investigating the Rhode Island nightclub fire says new legislation may be needed to gather critical evidence in the case.
Federal investigators with the National Institute of Standards and Technology are probing the February 20th fire at The Station, in West Warwick. They aim to recommend improvements to fire and building codes for use nationwide.
At a meeting in Maryland, some complained investigators have been delayed in their nightclub fire probe because prosecutors and civil lawyers were denying them access to critical information.
In particular, they say theyďż˝ve been unable to get the exact makeup of the foam used as soundproofing that burst into flames at the nightclub.
Advisory chairman Paul Fitzgerald suggested the agency should ask Congress for new legislation to give them better access to key evidence.