Horrific tragedy in Brazil: 245 dead in nightclub fire

Fire swept through a popular nightclub in the Brazilian city of Santa Maria on Saturday night, killing at least 245 people and injuring hundreds. CNN: A fire swept through a popular nightclub in southern Brazil on Sunday, killing at least 245 people, state media reported, citing police. The death toll was expected to climb as firefighters continued to pull bodies from the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, said Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense. Most of those killed appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, Silva said. Hundreds are believed to have been injured, though an exact count was not immediately available. Many people were trampled in the panic to leave the club, one security guard told CNN affiliate Band News. Smoke billowed outside the front of the building as the stench of fire filled the air, said Max Muller, who was riding by on his motorbike when he saw the blaze. Muller recorded video of a chaotic scene outside the club, which...(Read Full Post)