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With some exits locked, Brazil club fire kills 233

RIO DE JANEIRO — A fire ignited by a flare from a rock band’s pyrotechnic spectacle swept through a nightclub filled with more than 1,000 university students early Sunday morning in Santa Maria, Brazil, leaving at least 233 people dead, police said.

Colonel Guido Pedroso de Melo, Fire Department commander in Santa Maria, said security guards had locked secondary exits, which intensified the panic as people in the club stampeded for the doors. Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation, investigators said.

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