Death Toll Rises to 245 in Nightclub Fire (With Video)

By Kevin Kitt
By Rachel Martin

January 27, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (www.incnow.tv) – A fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 245 people and leaving hundreds injured, police and firefighters said.

Authorities say the victims died from asphyxiation or from being trampled. According to a Reuters article, as many as 500 people were inside the Kiss nightclub when the fire broke out, and at least one exit was locked at the time.

Police officers in the city of Santa Maria told local media that a band was performing at the club, and either a band member or someone from its production team ignited a flare, which set fire to the ceiling. They say the fire spread in a matter of seconds.

A spokesperson for the Santa Maria military police says 245 people have died, at least 200 people were injured, and 48 are being treated at local hospitals. As of 10 a.m. Sunday, military police officials say all the bodies have been removed from the night club.

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