Skip to comments.Brazil nightclub fire likely killed more than 200: police
Posted on 01/27/2013 3:57:57 AM PST by nuconvert
Major Gerson da Rosa Ferreira, overseeing rescue efforts at the scene for the military police, told reporters that 159 bodies had already been identified and removed from the nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria.
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tragic, prayers for those lost. Need to regulate fire and matches!!
Bands do not need pyrotechnics. That’s BS
This isn’t the first time a band has set off a fire where many people died. More than likely the exit doors were locked too.
In May of 1977, I babysat for my next door neighbors so they could go to the makeshift morgue to look for their relatives after the Beverly Hills Supper Club burned. I believe the death toll was 165.
The club was in northern Kentucky.
Reminds me of the Station nightclub fire in W. Warwick RI around ‘02 or so; 400 were jammed into the place and 100 died including one band member, as well as a 19 yr old college student DJ (Nichols Coll.) etc. I drove by the site once and noticed how small the plot of land was and thought, the building itself had to have been very tiny and they jammed
And most headed out the way they came in, not knowing about other exits or maybe thinking it was the safest one to use.
Many of the victims were jammed near that main entrance.
The Dederian Bros. owned the place IIRC and Jeff was a reporter for Ch 12 Providence. A nightclub fire killed some patrons in Chicago a week or so before and he thought it would be a great time to do a segment about safety in nightclubs and what better place than his own (plug plug plug). So a Ch 12 newsteam was there and filmed it. (As did
at least one person with a camcorder or something who left via the back door just behind the band, and provided footage of the inferno—or maybe it was a Ch 12 cameraman, don’t know.)
The Cocoanut Grove was Boston’s premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 1940s. On November 28, 1942, this club was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in US history, killing 492 people (which was 32 more than the building’s authorized capacity) and injuring hundreds more. It was also the second-worst single-building fire in American history; only the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago had a higher death toll, of 602.
When will they ever learn, see below (also reminiscent of Cocoanut Grove in Boston; some exits in back may have been blocked by club owner who didn’t want people to leave without paying)
>>Reports say there was only one exit and panic spread as people tried to get out. Many victims reportedly died from inhaling toxic fumes.
It did have the capacity to hold such a crowd:
>>A reporter at the scene told local radio that the nightclub had a capacity for up to 2,000 people and was believed to be full on a Saturday night.
...but only one exit?
(the part about sim. to Cocoanut Grove refers to “only one exit”; the bit about “club owner had back exits locked” was Cocoanut Grove. Not sure about situation in Brazil. The Station fire had people panicking and using the same exit, mostly. Video of the Station fire shows how fast it spread but I think I read somewhere that they had about 2.5 to 3 minutes to get out of there, most likely via multiple exits—we’re talking 400 patrons though, but maybe after the first minute or so there was a big jam of panicked concertgoers and they got trampled a la the Who’s Cincy show...)
According to articles, there was only one exit door....firemen had to break thru a wall to allow people out.
The fire codes in many foreign countries are not so good. Indeed they were so good hee in America until after the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and the Cocoanut Grove fires.
Even so pyrotechnics should not be allowed with bands.
What we have is amateurs playing with fire in closed places.
A sure fire menu for disaster.
It’s exactly what happened in the Rhode Island nightclub fire...the fireworks or pyrotechnics caught the ceiling insulation on fire
It's getting close to carnaval and the parties are ramping up big time right now. Let's hope they can step back and re-evaluate safety for the bigger parties that are about to take place everywhere at once.
They do if they lack musical talent.
Update: AP now reporting at least 245 people dead and at least 200 injured
Your point is well taken.
I remember reading about it. It was awful.
Then there was the Ringling Bros. fire of 1944. http://circusfireof44.blogspot.com/
I remember when that happened. Singer John Davidson, who was vey popular at that time, was scheduled to perform at the club that night. He helped evacuate a number of the patrons from the club. Davidson refused to do any interviews afterwards because he did not want it to look like he was seeking publicity from this tragedy. He did perform at a benefit for the victims a few months later.
Over 200 Brazilian people killed last weekend. “What difference does it make?” (Sec. of Hate Hillary Clinton)
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