Harrowing Stories Emerge from Nightclub's Ashes

Harrowing Stories Emerge from Nightclub's Ashes

The teacher who lost four students. The mother whose son died, while another clings to life. The photographer who survived but is haunted by guilt.As the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria began to buzz again Tuesday with cars and people, a somber mood still ruled the streets, where a nightclub fire Sunday claimed 235 lives.

Harrowing Stories Emerge from Nightclub's Ashes

Just about at every corner you could hear angry voices raised in talk about who is to blame for the massive blaze at the Kiss nightclub. Protesters rallied, demanding justice for those killed and tighter enforcement of regulations.

In addition to the deaths, 74 people remain hospitalized in critical condition, Brazil's health ministry said. In Santa Maria alone, 100 of the dead were buried Monday in three different cemeteries. Hundreds dead in Brazil nightclub fire Brazil club fire echoes 2003 R.I. fire What caused the Brazil club fire?

Lessons ignored from Rhode Island fire Brazilian reporter: People were running That night, the streets were filled with thousands of mourners who marched to the burned-out club. The shouts of grief and prayers were overtaken only by the wailing of mothers who stood before the building.

One woman shouted: "My son, why did you have to die here?" Police have questioned about two dozen people, including four individuals they arrested -- the two owners of Kiss, a member of the band Gurizada Fandangueira and a promoter.

Police identified the club owners as Mauro Hoffman and Elissandro Spohr. Band vocalist Marcelo de Jesus dos Santos and show producer Luciano Bonilha were also in custody.

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