Eight charged in deadly Brazil nightclub fire; NFPA re-affirms commitment to help prevent similar tragedies

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Apr 3, 2013


[ | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=851&itemID=21090&URL=Research%20&%20Reports/Fact%20sheets/Nightclubs/assembly%20occupancies/Public%20assembly%20and%20nightclub%20fires#outside]According to an Associated Press report in USA TODAY, eight people have been charged in connection with the deadly nightclub fire in southern Brazil that killed 241 people on January 27.

That fire ripped through the crowded Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, filling the air with flames and thick, toxic smoke. Officials say that the band performing at the club lit a flare that ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the ceiling, releasing a deadly combination of cyanide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, an event eerily similar to the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2003 that killed 100 people.

"Since the Station fire, similar events have occurred all over the world," says NFPA President Jim Shannon. "In 2009, an indoor pyrotechnics display started a fire in a nightclub in Bangkok, Thailand, that killed more than 60 people and injured scores. That same year, more than 150 died when pyrotechnics sparked a fire in a club in Perm, Russia. In 2004, a patron shot a flare in the Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing almost 200. The same questions were asked after each event: How could this happen? How can we make sure it never happens again?"

[See a list of the 10 deadliest nightclub fires in the world | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=851&itemID=21090&URL=Research%20&%20Reports/Fact%20sheets/Nightclubs/assembly%20occupancies/Public%20assembly%20and%20nightclub%20fires#outside].


In the latest issue of +NFPA Journal+, Mr. Shannon explains how technology is making it easier for NFPA to reach people in every corner of the world -- and how events like the Kiss nightclub tragedy make us all work even harder to prevent simliar tragedies.