Breaking news: 189 people were reportedly killed at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazilian media reports.
The fire was started Sunday after either a member of a band or it’s production team lit a flare that set fire to the ceiling during its pyrotechnics show, local police said. The death toll is expected to rise to more than 200.
The victims reportedly died of asphyxiation or from being trampled. There were as many as 500 people inside the club when the fire started. Santa Maria is located about 187 miles west of the state capital of Porto Alegre.