Death toll in Brazil fire raised to 234

A man stands around coffins containing the remains of victims after the bodies were identified at a gymnasium in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. A fast-moving fire roared through the crowded, windowless Kiss nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, within seconds filling the space with flames and a thick, toxic smoke that killed more than 230 panicked partygoers who gasped for breath and fought in a stampede to escape.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
January 29, 2013 11:32:19 AM PST
A state forensics department has raised the death toll from a nightclub fire in Brazil to 234 people.

Local authorities earlier said 231 people died in the blaze, but the Rio Grande do Sul state raised the number Tuesday to account for three additional victims whose names didn't appear on the original list.

One of the victims had originally been confused with another person with a similar name. Another was identified early Sunday but didn't appear on a previous list.

The blaze broke out early Sunday at a packed nightclub in Santa Maria, a college town of about 260,000 in southern Brazil. Police say early investigations point to pyrotechnics used by a band as the likely cause of the fire.

Most of the victims died from smoke inhalation. More than 122 injured people remain hospitalized.


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