Arrests made in Brazil fire, funerals begin

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazilian police say they've made three arrests and are seeking a fourth person in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people.

Inspector Ranolfo Vieira Junior said at a Monday press conference that the arrests are for investigative purposes. He says the detentions have five-day limits.

He declined to identify those arrested or the fourth person sought.

More than 230 people died early Sunday during the fire at a university party in southern Brazil. Police have said they think a band's pyrotechnics show ignited sound insulation on the ceiling, causing the blaze.

The Zero Hora newspaper quotes lawyer Jader Marques as saying his client Elissandro Spohr, a co-owner of the club, was arrested. The paper also says two band members were arrested.

Funerals began Monday in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil, where the blaze took place.

Survivors: Brazil nightclub guards try to block exit

Survivors of a nightclub fire in southern Brazil say security guards briefly tried to block patrons from leaving the club.

Investigators believe the fast-moving blaze that killed more than 230 people early Sunday was started by a band's pyrotechnics.

One band member was killed.

Firefighters say they had trouble getting inside the club because of the bodies blocking the entrance.


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