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Four killed in Brazil Carnival float fire

Published on Feb 13, 2013 5:56 AM
The remains of a burnt float is pictured at the sambodrome in Santos, about 88km south-east of Sao Paulo, on Feb 12, 2013. Four people died after a Carnival float in the Brazilian port city of Santos caught fire early on Tuesday, striking a sombre tone for the final day of exuberant Carnival celebrations throughout Brazil, police said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Four people died early on Tuesday when a float at the end of a Carnival parade ran into a power line and caught fire in the south-eastern city of Santos, officials said.

Three of the victims were pushing the vehicle under the float and the fourth was an onlooker, the office of the mayor of Santos told AFP. Four other people were injured.

The float belonged to the fan club of FC Santos, one of Brazil's top football teams, and paid homage to football great Pele, a former Santos player.

A group of children and a former football player jumped off the float just ahead of the accident, officials said.

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