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Brazil Nightclub Fire Kills 233, Injures At Least 100 Others

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At least 233 people were killed, with an additional 100 wounded after a bands’ pyrotechnics display set fire to a nightclub in Brazil early Sunday morning. The club was packed, according to authorities, and most died from either asphyxiation or from being trampled as patrons tried to flee from the burning building.Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil was a chaotic scene as rescue workers toiled to put out the flames and save the hundreds of people inside. According to, workers had a hard time even getting into the club because of a “barrier” of bodies at the entrance.

The club was at capacity, which according to a bouncer is anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people. Adding to the problem was the fact that at least one of the emergency exits was locked. People were also reporting that bouncers initially tried to keep people from leaving, thinking that they were skipping out on their tabs.

Club owners are cooperating with authorities to try and pinpoint the exact cause of the blaze.



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