Brazilian Nightclub Fire (updated)

Brazilian police have arrested two members of the band that used the ill-fated pyrotechnics during a performance at a student nightclub where 237 people died in a fire and over a hundred were detained in hospital.

The band was performing at the overcrowded Kiss Club when the fire started early on Sunday morning in the southern city of Santa Maria. The nightclub’s co-owner has been detained by police over the blaze and Police have issued an arrest warrant for another owner of the club.

A Police Inspector said that the arrests were for investigative purposes and that the trio can be held for up to five days. Police said they think the pyrotechnics used by the band ignited sound insulation on the ceiling, and witnesses said a flare or firework lit by the musicians started the blaze.

There will, no doubt, be a lot of information to follow about this unfortunate and sad affair.

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