Firefighters try to put out a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil© AFP 2013/ AGENCIA RBS/BRAZIL OUT
MOSCOW, January 27 (RIA Novosti) - At least 70 people have died in a fire that broke out at a night club in the southern Brazilian town of Santa Maria, the BBC reported on Sunday, referring to the local media.
The fire began when a band on stage started a fireworks display.
Thick smoke engulfed the venue after acoustic insulation caught fire, according to the local reports.
Bodies are being removed from the scene, the local TV said.
A similar incident occurred in Russia in late 2009 when a deadly fire swept through the Lame Horse night club in Perm, 1,400 kilometers east of Moscow after an indoor firework display set the ceiling ablaze, quickly filling the packed club with toxic smoke and killing a total of 156 people.
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