Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Charges sought over Brazil fire

Posters, flowers, balloons and flags make up a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil (AP/Felipe Dana)
Posters, flowers, balloons and flags make up a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil (AP/Felipe Dana)

Police are seeking criminal charges against 16 people in connection with the nightclub fire that killed 241 people in southern Brazil earlier this year.

Inspector Marcelo Arigony said that the mayor and fire chief of the city where the fire took place were also responsible for the tragedy because of the negligent safety inspections of the nightclub.

On January 27, fire roared through the crowded, windowless Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria, filling the air with flames and thick, toxic smoke.

Mr Arigony said the band performing at the club lit a flare, which ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the ceiling.

The cyanide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide released by the ensuing fire "was what killed the people inside".

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