A fire swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 180 people firefighters said.
Sandro Meinerz, a spokesman for the police in the city of Santa Maria, told local media that the fire broke out at the Boate Kiss club while a band was performing.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, officials said. The total number of victims is still unclear and there may be hundreds injured, Civil Police and regional government spokesman Marcelo Arigoni told Radio Gaucha.
The local newspaper, Diario de Santa Maria, reported there could be 180 dead.
Arigoni told the radio station a truck carrying 70 bodies had arrived at the Municipal Sports Center, which was being used as an improvised morgue. Police
believe there are about 20 bodies still inside the club.
Police and emergency services estimate more than 200 deaths after revellers suffocated or trampled in Santa Maria blaze.
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