''CSI'' nightclub-fire episode won't air in Providence. Local station will avoid Monday's ''CSI: Miami'' episode because of its similarities to real-life fire

By Brian Hiatt
Updated May 02, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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An upcoming ”CSI: Miami” episode hits too close to home for one Rhode Island TV station. WPRI-TV has decided not to air Monday’s episode, in which Horatio and his team investigate a nightclub fire much like the one that killed 99 people in West Warwick, R.I., during a Great White concert, according to the Associated Press. Like the Feb. 20 real-life tragedy, the ”CSI: Miami” fire is sparked by pyrotechnics.

”The episode contains some striking similarities to the tragic fire at the The Station nightclub,” the TV station said in a statement. ”Out of respect for the victims, their families and the Rhode Island community, WPRI-TV will not air the episode.” Nearly 200 people were injured in the blaze, which has led to an increased nationwide focus on concert and nightclub safety.

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