Death Toll Rises to 245 in Brazilian Nightclub Fire | Most of the Victims were Students

The death toll at a nightclub fire in Brazil in the early hours of this morning  has reached 245, with emergency officials fearing the death toll may rise. The fire started when a band’s fireworks set the building ablaze causing a stampede as the partygoers stampeded toward blocked and overcrowded exits. About 200 more people were injured in the fire.

Most of the victims were students who died from asphyxiation, Andre Diefenbach, an official at the municipality’s police department told Bloomberg. Others were crushed in the stampede.

CNN reports that the club, called Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria contained about 2,000 when the fire broke out which was double the maximum capacity of 1,000. In the ensuing chaos, most of the people rushed towards the exit and the bouncers, who at first thought those fleeing were trying to skip out on bar tabs, initially blocked patrons from leaving. The security staff relented only when they saw flames engulfing the ceiling.

In the television footage, many people were seen sobbing outside the club before dawn, while shirtless firefighters used sledge hammers and axes to knock down an exterior wall to open up an exit.

CNN further reports that the blaze broke out during a weekend when students were celebrating the end of summer. Students at many Brazilian universities return to school on Monday. Santa Maria is home to the Federal University of Santa Maria as well as a number of other private universities and colleges.

It is really a sad day in Brazil and a huge loss to many families. May their souls rest in peace.

Photo Credit: CNN

8 Comments on Death Toll Rises to 245 in Brazilian Nightclub Fire | Most of the Victims were Students
  • princess January 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm


  • fatty January 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    really sad

  • Pam January 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Wow…..devastating news. May their souls rest in peace and may God console their families. Amen

  • R January 28, 2013 at 12:45 am

    May God comfort the families, can’t even begin to imagine

  • Miss Mo January 28, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Geez, I wondered what the capacity was when 245 died and another 200 injured. 1000 capacity with 2000 ppl. How tragic. May their souls find peace. 🙁

  • oma January 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    may dere soul rest in perfect peace

  • Inebaby January 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Hmmm! So sad…….

  • Bee January 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    RIP to all lost their lives in the Kiss Club, this is so terrible. May God comfort the families. I was so shocked, when I turned the newschannel on – it’s so tragic. Why was there only one exit? That’s bad. Heard some sort news that the fire extinguiser didn’t work. Just terrible.

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