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City Officials Also Under Scrutiny in Brazil Fire

Prosecutors looking for signs of negligence

(Newser) - Prosecutors are investigating city officials over the Brazil nightclub fire that killed 235 people over the weekend, Reuters reports, in an attempt to determine whether allowing the club to operate was negligent on the part of officials, the city, or fire inspectors. The inquiry is separate from a criminal investigation... More »

Brazil Club Fire Sparked by Band's Penny-Pinching

Outdoor flares cost a lot less, says lead investigator

(Newser) - Just when you thought the Brazil nightclub fire story couldn't get any gloomier comes this revelation: It appears the blaze that killed more than 230 can be pinned on the band's desire to save a few bucks. The lead inspector in the case told the media yesterday that... More »

Brazil Arrests 3 in Nightclub Fire

Police still looking for one of the club's co-owners

(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... More »

Brazil Nightclub Fire: Guards Blocked the Door

Club may have broken safety violations: officials

(Newser) - Details are emerging on the horrific nightclub fire that killed at least 233 people in Brazil early this morning. A band's pyrotechnic display ignited the ceiling with a flare that sent patrons running for the single exit—but bouncers suspected them of skipping on their bar tabs and initially... More »

Death Toll Hits 233 in Brazil Nightclub Inferno

Fire breaks out during band's fireworks display

(Newser) - A fireworks display in a Brazilian nightclub went horribly awry last night, spawning a fire that police say killed upward of 233 people, reports CNN . Police on the scene at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria have already removed 159 bodies, reports Reuters , and rescuers are still looking for more.... More »

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