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Nightclub fire disaster probe likely to focus on safety

January 27th, 2013
f Firefighters are shocked.     Photo: Agencia Brasil

An investigation into a fire that left 120 men and 112 women dead at a nightclub in southern Brazil is likely to concentrate on the effectiveness of evacuation procedures and whether safety equipment at the was working and up to date.

The death toll from the incident at the Kiss night spot in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state has been revised downwards to 232 from the original 245, authorities say.

Following the outbreak of fire, some revellers at a freshers ball being held at the venue reportedly confused the bathroom door with the exit, while others became disorientated amid thick smoke.

The number of casualties may still increase due to changes in medical care in regional hospitals, but all bodies have been removed from the scene of the fire.

With 131 people confirmed as needing hospital treatment, fire department officials say they are trying to assist families and speed up identification of victims. Some bodies have already been released after recognition by relatives.

President Dilma Rousseff cut short a visit to Chile has been visiting survivors, saying that everything possible would be done to help the injured and the families of the victims.

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