(NEW YORK) — Over 200 people are reportedly dead after a fire broke out in a night club in Santa Maria, Brazil.
Eyewitnesses described a scene of terror with people trying to fight their way out through thick smoke and what some say was a single exit at the packed Kiss night club in the southern Brazilian town. People outside apparently tried to break through walls to get in to save those trapped inside. Hospitals in Santa Maria are at full capacity. The majority of victims are believed to have died from inhaling toxic fumes.
The blaze is believed to have ignited when a band started a fireworks display on stage, and acoustic insulation caught fire.
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Michael Pearson, CNN Newswire
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