Brazil Nightclub Fire Leaves Hundreds Dead
A fire that occurred inside a Brazil nightclub has left more than 200 people dead.
The blaze ravaged the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early Sunday morning, killing at least 233 people, CNN reports. Of those left dead, 185 have been identified so far. More than 90 people were hospitalized, including 14 patients with severe burns. Victims died due to smoke inhalation and being trampled while trying to escape the venue.
The popular club was apparently over capacity when the fire began. State Fire Official Guido de Melo revealed that about 2,000 people were inside the club, which is double the maximum capacity of 1,000.
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Before the tragedy, a pyrotechnics show was held inside the club.
The Associated Press reports the Brazil fire is the worst at a nightclub since December 2000. In 2003, a similar tragedy occurred at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Pyrotechnics were being used during a set played by band Great White. The ceiling’s soundproofing caught on fire. As a result, 100 people died during the blaze.
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