Brazil Club Fire Kills Hundreds

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Up in Smoke

Authorities say the blaze started around 2:30 a.m. when the pyrotechnic display of a band performing at the club set fire to the accoustic foam insulation in the ceiling. State fire officials say around 2,000 people were inside when the fire began — double the maximum capacity of 1,000.

(Photo: AP Photo/Roger Shlossmacker)

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