Night­club fire death toll climbs to 234

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

A state foren­sics de­part­ment has raised the death toll from a night­club fire in Brazil to 234 peo­ple. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties ear­lier said 231 peo­ple died in the blaze, but the Rio Grande do Sul state raised the num­ber Tues­day to ac­count for three ad­di­tional vic­tims whose names didn’t ap­pear on the orig­i­nal list. One of the vic­tims had orig­i­nally been con­fused with an­other per­son with a sim­i­lar name. An­other was iden­ti­fied early Sun­day but didn’t ap­pear on a pre­vi­ous list. The blaze broke out early Sun­day at a packed night­club in Santa Maria, a col­lege town of about 260,000 in south­ern Brazil. Po­lice say early in­ves­ti­ga­tions point to py­rotech­nics used by a band as the likely cause of the fire.

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