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Band’s thrift blamed in nightclub fire fatal to 234

Posted: January 30, 2013 at 3:47 a.m.

A state police inspector leading the investigation into this weekend’s deadly nightclub blaze said penny-pinching by a band known for its onstage pyrotechnic displays may have cost more than 230 people their lives.

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