245 dead after fire sweeps through nightclub in Brazil
Cause of fire is still unknown
- Duration 3:38
- Date Jan 27, 2013
Cause of fire is still unknown
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We'll start with the functions are learning horrible tragedy -- about this morning or Saturday night and dancing and fun.
Turns deadly on an almost unimaginable scale.
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I'm Jamie -- such sad news to report and it's breaking right now out of Brazil at least 245.
People are dead hundreds injured.
After a fast moving fire -- -- nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria.
A police spokesman telling local media there that the fire broke out at the kiss club while Alabama was performing.
And rescue crews now using a nearby -- -- -- as a makeshift -- Joining me on the phone is reporter Andrew Downey with global radio news in some Paulo Brazil.
Tell us -- very latest please.
What do it.
-- -- 200 or five.
Could still quite -- This fire seemed to start went armed men broke the why -- -- off of clear that he helped on the agent will spark.
Call our equipment acoustic weapons like -- Of course -- unimpeded.
Maybe people were trampled.
The main cause of death however has been giving has been given asphyxiation.
From smoke know what young woman who couldn't a couple of TV -- That may have put up about try to put out despite -- extinguish it didn't work.
We are also looking hitting from -- local buyout.
Officials -- that that security guards prevented people from escaping the fire by refusing to open the door.
In Brazil you don't appear to -- and at the bar pretty straight up (%expletive) up on the securities boat people from leaving the -- they hadn't already paid.
And that particular club tell us how familiar you are with the facility how sophisticated is it did.
Do we know if they've had any prior problems or they did not have insufficient or if they had insufficient -- Well what we know is that -- -- is one of the biggest in this dispute that the video which is the -- for a 270000.
It's a big universities have.
What we what we know is stuck the club -- with young people -- help ignite a lot of -- student.
Because -- organize special pockets or.
Student groups all the -- over yesterday aren't aren't going to be student because this is a local -- are brutal video.
There were also comparable filtered according on.
Particles thought to Brazil next month -- there -- -- -- parties.
They're up to get going to start -- carnival celebrations and -- another reason that the club was so cool.
Andrew how quickly did the authorities respond to the fire.
-- -- -- go to rescue.
A number of people as well as those who parish and power the local hospitals handling the injuries.
Well of course people -- -- it's been quite quickly but these difficult trouble getting it took it into the -- -- We've -- would seem -- footage of people I would say -- Just come work out with -- Typically knocking done the -- of the club in Norfolk to let some of the smoke so we could -- this.
Thick black smoke billowing from the club better.
A -- the people who work would be money to get out the difference to the sport -- would be.
Probably is obviously the fifty -- that hundreds of people try to -- for the -- what.
They don't know trying to put the hospitals trying to -- That's what the Philippines try to identify.
The for the local -- that they weren't at all in the club -- the title.
So it sounds like it happened so quickly and so deadly as well we're gonna check back with you -- -- -- the story develops are still looking for folks inside thank you.
Thank -- well this.