Preparations Continue for Firefighter Memorial Service

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston officials are preparing for thousands of firefighters and mourners at a memorial service tomorrow for nine firefighters killed in a blaze earlier this week.

The service will be held at North Charleston Coliseum, starting at 10 am.

Workers at the coliseum have draped black bunting over the lighted signs that surround the outside of the arena, which hosts minor league hockey games, college basketball tournaments and concerts.

Hundreds of blue folding chairs line the floor and lights are being set up to illuminate the stage.

The arena seats about nine thousand people. Officials planned to broadcast the service to screens outside and in an adjacent performing arts center that seats 2,200 people and a nearby convention center that seats eight thousand people.