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More Than 200 Killed In Brazilian Nightclub Blaze

NPR | Jan. 27, 2013 10:46 a.m.

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Krishnadev Calamur

At least 180 people are dead Sunday following a nightclub fire in southern Brazil.

The fire broke out during a college party at Kiss, a nightclub in Santa Maria, in Rio Grande do Sul, the country’s southernmost state.

The Associated Press reports that at least 200 people were injured.

The O Globo newspaper says between 300 and 400 people were on site at the time. Officials say the fire began at around 2:30 a.m. when a band was performing.

O Globo said the club had only one exit, and those inside panicked as they tried to get out. Firefighters opened a hole in the outer wall to allow more people to escape.

We’ll have more details about the death toll and the cause of the fire as we they emerge.

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