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      Station fire site cleared for permanent memorial

      Members of The Station Fire Memorial Foundation gathered at the site of the fire Sunday to answer any last-minute questions and offer help to any families that need it.

      Sunday was the last day for families to take any mementos from the site they want to keep. Any personal items left behind will be buried in a time capsule as part of the permanent memorial.

      The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub killed 100 people and injured about 200 others.

      "We are thrilled that we can give this to the family members and survivors. They all deserve a permanent memorial," said Lisa Delsesto of the foundation.

      The foundation said a fence will be erected Wednesday. On Saturday, foundation members will personally move all the remaining items to the container that will be the time capsule.

      Cara Kaczmarczyk talked about the importance of having the items moved by foundation members.

      "It's not going to be an outside company. It's going to be us removing the belongings. It's going to be done with love and respect and dignity," Kaczmarczyk said.

      The foundation said it expects the permanent memorial to be completed next year.

      Anyone who wants to purchase a memorial brick can go to The Station Fire Memorial Foundation website to help the decade-long dream become a reality.