Sao Paulo, Brazil - A horrific fire on Sunday, January 27th, at the Kiss Night Club in this city has claimed the lives of 236 people and hospitalized 119. Many of the victims are suffering from the effects of breathing toxic cyanide gas released when sound proofing material around the stage caught fire. Brazilian medical authorities have arranged to airlift 130 doses of the medicine hydroxocobalamin, manufactured by a subsidiary of Pfizer, from the only agency that has stockpiled it, the U.S. Southern Military Command. The drug is used to help in the treatment of cyanide poisoning.
The owners of the night club as well as the members of the rock band which staged the indoor pyrotechnics show which sparked the fire, are currently being detained by authorities pending the results of an investigation into the events leading up to it.
The fire itself, and the ensuing melee which resulted as frantic patrons tried to exit the night club, is reminiscent of the Station Night Club fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island on February 20, 2003. One individual managed to film this catastrophic event. The movie has been edited to include a timer which serves to highlight the rapid spread of the smoke and flames. NOTE: This video is definitely NOT for the faint-of-heart!
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