Mourners crowd the streets in the first of what will likely be hundreds of funeral processions in southern Brazil. One-by-one, families are claiming these coffins and the remains of their loved ones. Investigators believe a band’s pyrotechnic show set off a fire inside the kiss nightclub early Sunday that killed more than 230 people.
hundreds more were injured in the chaos. Matheus Vargas / survivor “when i was trying to get out, the staff stopped me and i yelled ‘fire, fire’ but the security guards were not realizing what was going on.”
Mayor Cezar Schirmer / Santa Maria, Brazil. “Our fire department has always done a very strict surveillance on the homes of shows many are drawing comparisons with a 2003 fire at a Rhode Island Nightclub – also sparked by pyrotechnics.” 100 people died. A survivor says the video he’s seen out of Brazil is eerily familiar.
Todd king / survived Rhode Island nightclub fire ” The way that people could not get out the doors, the stampeding, the look on people’s faces in the videos of just the panic.” Nearly 10 years later, some Rhode Island survivors still bear the scars of burns and injuries. They know all too well, that the there is a long, painful road ahead for many of the survivors in Brazil.
Gina Russo / seriously burned in Rhode Island nightclub fire. “This is so brand new to them, they haven’t even begun to understand the ramifications of this.”
the people in custody in brazil have not been identified and have not been charged – but are expected to be held for at least five days as the investigation continues.
I’m Elizabeth Corridan reporting.