Death of Brazil Nightclub Fire

January 28, 2013
Santa Maria, Brazil

231 die in Brazilian nightclub blaze
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SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a crowded, windowless nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, filling the air in seconds with flames and a thick, toxic smoke that killed more than 230 panicked partygoers, many of whom were caught in a stampede to escape.

Inspectors believe the blaze began when a band's small pyrotechnics show ignited foam sound insulating material on the ceiling, releasing a putrid haze that caused scores of university students to...

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