Over 200 People Dead In Brazil Niteclub Fire

  • Kwokpot

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    Jan 28, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/27/world/americas/brazil-nightclub-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    The tragedy was made worse when security guards who didn't know about the fire barricaded the exits, preventing people from fleeing - WHY?

    For those who don't know, in Brazilian bars and clubs, in order to prevent money theft, one pays for drinks WHEN YOU ARE READY TO LEAVE. IOW, you are given a drink card where your drinks are ticked off, then at the end of the night, you go to a central cashier to pay your bill - this way bartenders don't handle cash and there is more control of the money. So the security guards didn't want people to leave without paying their bills.....
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    Jan 28, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    Saw this story breaking yesterday on CNN.

    Went to the clubs website and the first picture is one of a performance using power tools with sparks flying all over the place icon_rolleyes.gif

    Per online readings the club is famous for shows featuring lots of pyrotechnics. The loss of life is tragic but I can't give much sympathy here. A club fire in Rhode Island led to 100 deaths. And just like in Brazil caused by the use of pyrotechnics indoors.
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    Incidents like this make me very conscious of club exits.

    There's a gay club in Minneapolis, that includes a downstairs basement portion. I went down there with my BF in 2005, to watch bondage & waxing demos, using flaming candles, and told him I doubted the exits, where we'd have to go up 2 narrow stairways to escape.

    In my estimation we'd be trapped in a smokey fire. I made us leave after a few minutes. I don't know if it's that same way today.

    Use common sense, guys, and know your way out. Maybe it's my Army and Military Police training, I dunno, but I ALWAYS know my way out of a place.
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    Jan 28, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    Club fires, bot intentional or accidental have also occurred in the USA.


    "The Happy Land fire was an arson fire that killed 87 people trapped in an unlicensed social club called "Happy Land" (at 1959 Southern Boulevard) in the West Farms section of The Bronx, New York, on March 25, 1990. Most of the victims were young ethnic Hondurans celebrating Carnival.[1] Unemployed Cuban refugee Julio González, whose former girlfriend was employed at the club, was arrested shortly after and ultimately convicted of arson and murder."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Land_fire
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 28, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    Plus the fire in Rhode Island in 2003

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire

    "The Station nightclub fire was the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in American history, killing 100 people. The fire began at 11:07 PM EST, on Thursday, February 20, 2003, at The Station, a glam metal and rock and roll themed nightclub located at 211 Cowesett Avenue in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

    The fire was caused by pyrotechnics set off by the tour manager of the evening's headlining band, Great White, which ignited flammable sound insulation foam in the walls and ceilings surrounding the stage. A fast-moving fire engulfed the club in 5½ minutes. In addition to the 100 fatalities, some 230 people were injured and another 132 escaped uninjured. Video footage of the fire here shows its initial growth, billowing smoke that quickly made escape impossible, and the exit blockage that further hindered evacuation."
  • Devix

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    Jan 28, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    it's really sad.
    they only open the emergency doors as last resource, after they conclude that the fire is already out of control.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 28, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
    This is horrible!
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    Jan 28, 2013 11:43 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoanut_Grove_fire

    if you are from boston and you do not know about this, you are wrong.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 29, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    Which bands were playing there? I saw one report saying Shinedown was there.
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    Jan 29, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    Plus the fire in Rhode Island in 2003


    I made the foolish mistake of watching a full 20 minute video someone took that was lucky enough to be near the exit at this thing. Holy shit how fast it spread and how quickly the exit was blocked by a wall of people and you could hear people screaming inside. So fucking horrible.