Death toll in Brazil nightclub fire rises to 240

SAO PAULO (AFP) - A 25-year-old man died on Saturday of injuries suffered in a nightclub fire, bringing the death toll in the tragedy to 240, hospital officials said.

A spokeswoman for Christ the Redeemer hospital in the southern city of Porto Alegre told AFP that Pedro Falcao Pinheiro died but she provided no further details.

The fire broke out Jan 27 at the Kiss nightclub in the college town of Santa Maria in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Police have linked the blaze to an ill-fated pyrotechnic show staged by musicians using flares designed for outdoor use.

The club was also overcrowded and the only way out was poorly marked.

Witnesses have said the fire extinguishers did not work.

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