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Police raise death toll to
245 in Brazil club fire

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:PageTurner, 1/27/2013 9:11:49 AM

BRASILIA, Brazil — A fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 245 people and leaving at least 200 injured, police and firefighters said. Police Maj. Cleberson Braida told local news media that the 245 bodies were brought for identification to a gymnasium in the city of Santa Maria. That toll would make it one of the deadliest nightclub fires more than a decade. The cause of the fire is not yet known, officials said. Officials earlier put the death toll at 180.

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And hardly the worst one in history. AP names some others.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/27/2013 9:16:48 AM     (No. 9141995)

Here´s a photo gallery of people´s cell phone photos as it was happening.

http://oglobo.globo.com/pais/veja-imagens-do-resgate-apos-incendio-em-boate-em-santa-maria-rs-7408178

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/27/2013 9:27:23 AM     (No. 9142013)

I put this piece through Google translate. It says the fire was caused by a firework show inside, same as happened in the Rhode Island club fire a few years ago, and the bodies were hauled off in two big trucks guarded by the cops or army to keep relatives away. It says the cellphones in the pockets of all the dead bodies are ringing ´incessantly.´ How sad.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/27/2013 9:30:06 AM     (No. 9142019)

It says most of the dead were college students and the club was operating on an expired license.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/27/2013 9:51:54 AM     (No. 9142053)

Too many potential code violations here to go over but I´m guessing the place was way past its occupant load and the back exit doors were locked for ´security´ reasons. If you, your friends or your kids go clubbing, make sure to tell them to check the exits if they want to live. Owners frequently chain exits.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/27/2013 9:54:49 AM     (No. 9142060)

The article doesn´t mention the Cocoanur Grove Fire in Boston in 1942, which killed 492 people.

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