Arrests made in Brazil fire, funerals begin

Arrests made in Brazil fire, funerals begin

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Relatives of a victim of the Kiss nightclub blaze mourn him during a wake held at the chapel of the cemetery on January 28, 2013 in Santa Maria, southern Brazil. Brazilians were mourning the victims of a nightclub blaze in a small college town that left more than 230 people dead and over 100 injured, with many still fighting for their lives.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

SANTA MARIA, Brazil -- Brazilian police say they've made three arrests and are seeking a fourth person in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people.

Inspector Ranolfo Vieira Junior said at a Monday press conference that the arrests are for investigative purposes. He says the detentions have five-day limits.

He declined to identify those arrested or the fourth person sought.

More than 230 people died early Sunday during the fire at a university party in southern Brazil. Police have said they think a band's pyrotechnics show ignited sound insulation on the ceiling, causing the blaze.

The Zero Hora newspaper quotes lawyer Jader Marques as saying his client Elissandro Spohr,  a co-owner of the club, was arrested. The paper also says two band members were arrested.

Funerals began Monday in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil, where the blaze took place.

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