January 27th, 2013
07:15 AM ET

Brazil nightclub fire death toll 233 and rising

[Update 2:49 p.m. ET] The death toll in Sunday's nightclub fire in Brazil has risen to at least 233, officials say.

Panicked crowds pushed toward the exits as fire swept through the packed Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria. Many died of smoke inhalation, state-run Agencial Brasil reported. Others were trampled, a security guard told CNN affiliate Band News.

[Original post 7:15 a.m. ET]  A fire swept through a popular nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, killing at least 90 people early Sunday, officials said.

The death toll was expected to climb as firefighters continued to pull bodies from the Kiss nightclub, Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense said.

Most of those killed appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, he said. Hundreds are believed to have been injured, though an exact count was not immediately available.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. after the acoustic insulation in the Kiss nightclub caught fire, he said.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. turftoe

    5 more killed in chicago, gang related, why dont you report on that?

    January 27, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      Because it shows that the dems gun control solution is a farce

      January 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      Maybe because noone cares about worthless hoodlums killing each other. They're saving tons of tax payer money by not being able to spread their baby mama seeds anymore

      January 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    You need to update the death toll on this horror. Other news sources are reporting the dead as close to 250.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ turftoe, 250 dead is alot more than 5. Just cuz you have a vendetta with gangs doesnt mean everyone does. What happened they wouldnt let you join or what?

    January 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Horrible & tragic.
    Morning @dazzle &@chrissy.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Horrible & tragic. Death toll is climbing.
    Morning @dazzle &@chrissy.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Good afternoon @ saywhat.

    January 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Greetings @ dazzle, @ chrissy, & @ saywhat.
    Yes, really a lot more than five.
    1,000 too many in the club? Not enough exits? Exits not marked?
    Where are the safety laws?
    And–security guards preventing people from leaving?
    Tragic, and absurdly stupid.

    January 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Why am I blocked from posting?

    January 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Because this is the Censor News Network which is why I rarely come here any more. BTW how are the ratings at CNN. In yo face beaches!

      January 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    I agree, JIF.
    The needless difficulty in posting wears on even the most stalwart of people; I think they have underestimated the loyalty of people to this blog.
    A once-good thing has been ruined.

    January 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    What a horrific event.

    January 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ banasy:
      I miss you.
      My rejected ON-TOPIC post was about "how, why, laws, exits..."

      January 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I miss you also.
      As you can see, your post is now there; it makes for difficult conversation if one has to check back after three hours to see if their post was published.

      January 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |