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Death toll in Brazil nightclub fire rises to 237

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 3, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.

— State health officials said a 22-year-old man injured in last week’s deadly nightclub fire in southern Brazil has died.

The Rio Grande do Sul Health Secretariat said Bruno Portella Fricks died late Saturday from injuries he sustained in last Sunday’s blaze.

Fricks’ death brings to 237 the death toll from the fire at the Kiss nightclub in the college town of Santa Maria.

In its statement Sunday, the health secretariat said 101 people injured in the fire remain hospitalized.

Police said the fire likely started when a band set off flares, which ignited soundproofing foam on the ceiling. Police investigators have also said the club was lacking basic fire safety equipment, and a judge last week extended the temporary detentions of the club’s owners and two band members by 30 days.

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