Outdoor flare started Brazil club fire, police say

Outdoor flare started Brazil club fire, police say

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Firefighters work at a nightclub in Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. More than 150 people died early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria during a boisterous student party, police said. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her visit to Chile. AFP PHOTO / AGENCIA RBS / GERMANO RORATTO / BRAZIL OUT (Photo credit should read Germano Roratto/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) -- The lead police investigator into a nightclub fire that killed 234 people in southern Brazil says the music group playing at the time lit a flare designed for outdoor use that set the club's ceiling on fire.
 
Police inspector Marcelo Arigony said in a news conference Tuesday that "the flare was for outdoor use only and the people who lit them know that."
 
He said the investigation will take 20 days and then state prosecutors will determine whether to file charges in the early Sunday fire. Preliminary information had shown that the Kiss nightclub had no sprinklers and no emergency exits.
 
Arigony said "any child could have seen that this establishment should not have been open."

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