Brazil Arrests 3 in Nightclub Fire
Police still looking for one of the club's co-owners
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2013 8:56 AM CST
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, Jan. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(Newser) – Police have arrested three people in connection with the fire that killed more than 230 nightclub-goers in Santa Maria, Brazil, yesterday: One of the club's co-owners, its chief of security, and a member of the band Gurizada Fandangueira, the BBC reports. Police are reportedly seeking another club co-owner as well. The club's safety certificate expired last year, one co-owner has reportedly confirmed.

The owners have reportedly received death threats online, as have the surviving members of Gurizada—its accordion player is among the dead. The band's guitar player told a local radio interview that the band's spark-generating machine may have caused the fire, but added, "It's harmless; we never had any trouble with it." The first funerals were held today, as Brazil declared a national day of mourning and postponed an event marking 500 days until the 2014 World Cup.

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Imhotep
Jan 28, 2013 5:03 PM CST
All these bars and night clubs are death traps. Dark and claustrophobic. Even during the day. Can't see anything, crowded, few exists, no windows, smoke filled. Their disasters waiting to happen. They should change the building codes and make all of them put plenty of windows and doors in and provide multiple ways of getting out. What with the shootings and the fires these places need to be opened up so people can get the hell out of there.
Spudsy
Jan 28, 2013 10:34 AM CST
Fireworks are for outdoor use. When will these club owners figure that out?
finkster
Jan 28, 2013 9:05 AM CST
"the band's spark-generating machine may have caused the fire, but added, "It's harmless; we never had any trouble with it." Yet this "harmless" spark-generating machine helped kill over 230 might club-goers This idiot should be prosecuted as well....