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Brazil police probe if club fire evidence hidden

Published on Jan 30, 2013 6:01 AM
 
Relatives and friends of victims put flowers in front of the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, southern Brazil on Jan 29, 2013 where a blaze Sunday early morning left a death toll of over 230. Authorities have taken four suspects into custody following the tragedy early on Sunday at the Kiss discotheque in the southern college town of Santa Maria, described as the second worst inferno in the country's history. -- PHOTO: AFP

SANTA MARIA (AFP) - A police probe into a nightclub fire in Brazil that killed 231 people and left dozens in critical condition turned on Tuesday to whether key evidence has been hidden.

Authorities have taken four suspects into custody following the tragedy early on Sunday at the Kiss discotheque in the southern college town of Santa Maria, described as the second worst inferno in the country's history.

Those detained Monday include two owners of the club and a pair of musicians who allegedly took part in an ill-fated pyrotechnic show being blamed for sparking the blaze.

But with many questions still unanswered, police were investigating whether security cameras had recorded what happened and whether the place - packed with university students - was overcrowded.

 
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