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245 Dead In Brazil Nightclub Fire: Fireworks Display Gone Wrong

Sun, January 27, 2013 10:35am EDT by Chris Rogers 7 Comments
Kiss Club Fire

How tragic. A deadly fire took the lives of at least 245 people, when a fireworks display went terribly wrong at the Kiss club in Brazil on Jan. 27.

At least 245 clubgoers have been declared dead after a Brazilian nightclub fire ravaged through the Kiss club in the early hours of Jan. 27.

It was originally reported that 90 people had lost their lives, but sadly, after seeing the extent of the fire, firefighters quickly updated the figures. The total number of victims is still unknown, civil police and regional government spokesman Marcelo Arigoni told Radio Gaucha.

The Municipal Sports Centre is currently being used as an improvised morgue.

Officials say the fire broke out at the Kiss club in the city of Santa Maria, 550km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, while a band was performing. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Sandro Meinerz, spokesman for the police in the city of Santa Maria, told local media that the fire happened while the band was performing, at around 2 AM.

The venue was allegedly at maximum capacity of between 1,000 and 2,000.

Ezekiel Corte Real, 23, told local newspaper Diario de Santa Maria that he helped people to escape. “I just got out because I’m very strong,” he said.

Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims. This is such sad news.

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— Chris Rogers