Three under arrest for deadly fire in Brazil

Brazilian police arrested three suspects linked to a tragic fire that killed 231 people in the Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa María last Sunday. The fire was caused by an explosive artifact set off by one of the band members performing at the time.

Aside from the fact that explosives of this kind are not permitted indoors, the club had only one exit, which bouncers allegedly blocked to keep people from leaving without paying. The fire spread quickly, however, and panicked guests tried frantically to escape, causing a stampede that killed many as well.

Authorities said the club’s license had expired in August of last year. One of the club’s owners was arrested along with two band members; there is a warrant out for the arrest of yet another club owner who was injured in the fire and remains hospitalized.

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