Images: Fire in Brazilian nightclub claims over 230 lives

Jan 28, 2013   (7 images)

A fast-moving fire roared through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday morning, within seconds filling the space with flames and a thick, toxic smoke that killed more than 230 panicked partygoers who gasped for breath and fought in a stampede to escape. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Firefighters responding to the blaze at first had trouble getting inside the Kiss nightclub because bodies partially blocked the club's entryway. Witnesses said a flare or firework lit by band members started the blaze in Santa Maria, a university city of about 260,000 people. Officials at a news conference said the cause was still under investigation — though police inspector Sandro Meinerz told the Agencia Estado news agency the band was to blame for a pyrotechnics show and that manslaughter charges could be filed. Here are some images of the tragic event.


 

A crowd stands outside the Kiss nightclub after a fire broke out inside the club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil on Sunday. AP

A crowd stands outside the Kiss nightclub after a fire broke out inside the club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil on Sunday. AP

 

Firefighters work to douse a fire at the Kiss Club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. AP

Firefighters work to douse a fire at the Kiss Club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil on Sunday. AP

 

Injured people lies on the ground outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. AP

Injured people lie on the ground outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil on Sunday. AP

 

Brazil's soldiers carry the remains of a victim outside a gymnasium where bodies were brought for identification in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. AP

Brazil's soldiers carry the remains of a victim outside a gymnasium where bodies were brought for identification in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil on Sunday. AP

 

Police investigators inspect the entrance of the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. AP

Police investigators inspect the entrance of the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. AP

 

Relatives cry next to a coffin at a gymnasium where bodies were brought for identification in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. AP

Relatives cry next to a coffin at a gymnasium where bodies were brought for identification in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. AP

 

A man stands around coffins containing the remains of victims after the bodies were identified at a gymnasium in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013.AP

A man stands around coffins containing the remains of victims after the bodies were identified at a gymnasium in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil.AP

 

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