180 killed in nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil

Sunday, 27 January 2013 - 18:55

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At least 180 people have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in southern Brazil.

 

The fire began when a band on stage started a fireworks display at the Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria, in Rio Grande do Sul state.

 

Reports say there was only one exit and panic spread as people tried to get out.

 

Many victims reportedly died from inhaling toxic fumes.