January 28th, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Three arrested in deadly Brazil nightclub fire

[Posted at 8:37 a.m. ET] Three people have now been arrested in connection with the deadly nightclub fire in Brazil, according to CNN affiliate Band News in Brazil.

The owner of the nightclub Elissandro Sphor, known as "Kiko", was arrested at a hospital in Cruz Alta, Brazil, according to Band News.

The media outlet also reported a vocalist from the band and a person in charge of stage safety for the band were arrested in Mata, Brazil.

[Posted at 8:25 a.m. ET] One of the club owners and a member of the band have been arrested in connection to the Brazil nightclub fire, CNN affiliate Band News in Brazil is reporting.

[Posted at 8:02 a.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.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. hammerschlag

    Nothing will bring back the young hopeful students who died. The club blocked the exit because they wanted to make sure people paid the bar bill. Now, those responsible should get the death penalty. The NRA is rigt on this one. If each person had an AK – 47 than they could have shot their way out of the club! Yes the NRA is insane and should be abolished. Americans are stupid people, very stupid.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nick

    Now the libs will state that live music is a public safety risk. Will draft bill to outlaw live music.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Yeah all those American liberals in Brazil.....

      January 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Derek

    Hammerschlag, keep your stupid comments to yourself. Generalizing all Americans makes you look like a gigantic tool...

    January 28, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. clarke

    So very tragic, so many young people, so much pain and loss. My prayers to everyone involved.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • FreeFromTheism

      look up "Harvard prayer study"

      January 28, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      A little too late for those who died....where was your god then? Easy answer: NON EXISTENT!!!

      January 28, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Flotsam

      when you die you will be all dressed up with no place to go. I feel sorry for you but hey, you had a choice.

      January 28, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. ammali1

    yea,makes a lot of sense, then they could end up shooting a bunch of innocent people. lets all have a gun and go around blasting when ever we want. that is so ignorant. what a stupid comment.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Grumpster

    Are you really that big of a dolt? Do you have to radicalize absolutely everything? Stop being a child.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Allyson

    Muito triste...

    January 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |