Notable deadly nightclub fires

2013-01-27 17:50
A victim of the Santa Maria, Brazil, blaze. (Deivid Dutra, AP)

A victim of the Santa Maria, Brazil, blaze. (Deivid Dutra, AP)

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Santa Maria - A fire that swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early on Sunday appears to be the deadliest in a decade. Here is a look at some other recent big nightclub fires:

— A blaze at the Lame Horse nightclub in Perm, Russia, broke out in December 2009, when an indoor fireworks display ignited a plastic ceiling decorated with branches, killing 152.

— A fire at the Santika nightclub in Bangkok killed 67 people on New Year's Day in 2009. An indoor fireworks display set off after the countdown to the new year ignited the blaze.

—Fireworks sparked a blaze and stampede that killed at least 43 people at a Shenzhen, China nightclub in September 2008.

— A December 2004 fire killed 194 people at an overcrowded working-class nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after a flare ignited ceiling foam.

— A nightclub fire in the US state of Rhode Island in 2003 killed 100 people after pyrotechnics used as a stage prop by the 1980s rock band Great White set ablaze cheap soundproofing foam on the walls and ceiling.

— Flames engulfed the tiny La Gojira discotheque in Caracas, Venezuela, in November 2002, leaving 50 people dead.

—A welding accident reportedly set off a 25 December 2000 fire at a club in Luoyang, China, killing 309.

- AP
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