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A crowd stands outside the Kiss nightclub during a fire inside the club in Santa Maria, Brazil. A blaze raced through the crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing at least 230 people as the air filled with deadly smoke and panicked party-goers stampeded toward the exits.

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230 die in Brazil nightclub fire

A fast-moving fire roared through a crowded 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.

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