Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/28/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Sound of ringing, unanswered cell phones bear witness to grisly scene

Fire swept through the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria in southern Brazil, killing 233 people. Brazilian Health Minister Alexandro Padilha says the number of people killed could have filled a large plane. Of those who perished, 185 have been identified so far.

Many of those killed in the Kiss nightclub fire died from smoke inhalation, state-run Agencia Brasil reported. Still others were trampled in the rush for the exits.

Many of those killed in the Kiss nightclub fire died from smoke inhalation, state-run Agencia Brasil reported. Still others were trampled in the rush for the exits.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/28/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Brazil, fire, security guards, Kiss nightclub


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - Workers digging through the charred wreckage of Kiss nightclub listened to the eerie sound of unanswered cell phones ringing, a reminder of friends, relatives and loved ones trying to contact the dead.

"It was really complicated scene. A lot of smoke, a lot of shoes that was left, cell phones, because everybody tried to get out of there running," Glauber Fernandes, a reporter from CNN affiliate Band News said.

"While we were there, we saw the cell phones were ringing. It was parents, friends, trying to know about what was happening and nobody was answering."

Many of those killed died from smoke inhalation, state-run Agencia Brasil reported. Still others were trampled in the rush for the exits.

In addition to the dead, more than 90 people were hospitalized, Padilha said, including 14 patients with severe burns.

Officials say about 2,000 people were inside the club when the fire broke out, which was double the maximum capacity of 1,000, Guido de Melo, a state fire official said.

One question that remains is the accusation that security guards on the premises stopped people from leaving the club.

"People who were inside the facility informed us ... that security guards blocked the exit to prevent people there from leaving, and that's when the crowd starting panicking and the tragedy grew worse," Melo said.

"Some guards thought at first that it was a fight, a huge fight that happened inside the club and closed the doors so that the people could not leave without paying their bills from the club," a local journalist said.

Witnesses say that the fire sprang "from out of nowhere" on a stage at the club and quickly spread to the ceiling, witness Jairo Vieira told Band News.

"People started running," survivor Luana Santos Silva told Globo TV. "I fell on the floor."

A pyrotechnics show had been going on inside the club when the fire started. Authorities stopped short of blaming it for the blaze, saying the cause was still under investigation.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Americas

'Chop-up houses' fill night air with cries of the slaughtered along Colombian riverbanks Watch

Image of Buenaventura, home to 370,000 people, is a key smuggling point for cocaine being transported by sea and overland through Central America and Mexico en route to the United States.

By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

At night along the riverbanks of the Colombian port city of Buenaventura, residents say they can hear people scream and plea for mercy as they are cut up with chainsaws. BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gang members have been seen emerging from so-called ... continue reading


Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Woman Who Casts a Shadow Watch

Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Deal W. Hudson

Having never been to a major Marian shrine, I didn't quite know what to expect. Some years ago, in the summer of 2004, I made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. I went there, like other pilgrims, to ask for Her protection during a ... continue reading


Crazed Greenpeace activists destroy ancient Nazca lines - Peru outraged over Greenpeace publicity stunt Watch

Image of Greenpeace activists destroyed part of the ancient Nazca hummingbird, during a publicity stunt on December 8.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Peru has announced that they are going to file a lawsuit against Greenpeace, whose activists damaged a national monument during a publicity stunt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The world famous Nazca lines were damaged after members of the group unfurled ... continue reading


Read the scathing words president of Uruguay has for Obama as six prisoners from Guantanamo Bay are sent to Uruguay Watch

Image of Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, who will leave office shortly, has made it clear that Uruguay would not hold or restrict the six Guantanamo detainees.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

As part of the Obama White House's plan to finally shutter the holding tank for terrorist suspects, six suspected Al Qaeda militants are will sent from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay. All six prisoners have been cleared for release since 2009. The United States has ... continue reading


Mexican church survives EIGHT YEARS of volcanic eruptions while surrounding town destroyed Watch

Image of The haunting images show a stark contrast between the barren ground and the holy building.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the small Mexican village of San Juan Parangaricutiro is completely buried under lava -- save for its church. The volcano in question, Volcán de Parícutin, erupted for eight straight years beginning in 1943. Is it an Act of God . or just superior ... continue reading


'I am ready to die, 'Honduran priest says of his human rights' work Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Keenly aware of the fate of his predecessor, radio marketing director Carlos Mejia Orellana stabbing death, Father Ismael Moreno says his human rights work in Honduras will continue - unabated. With Orellana's murder still unsolved seven months later, Father ... continue reading


43 Mexican students BURNED ALIVE over fears they would interrupt speech Watch

Image of The 43 students had been missing since they disappeared near the southern city of Iguala on September 26 after being attacked by police.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In dry, unemotional voices, three cartel hit men reenacted the horrific massacre of 43 Mexican students for investigators. Using twigs and trash bags, the killers told investigators how they layered the victims "like a grill" before bathing them in gasoline and ... continue reading


Illegal abortions fifth leading cause of maternal deaths in Brazil Watch

Image of An independent study by the Social Medicine Institute at Rio de Janeiro's State University showed that 155,000 women were admitted to public hospitals suffering from complications from self-induced abortions in 2013.

By Adriana Brasileiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

On Aug. 26, Jandira Magdalena dos Santos Cruz, 27, got into a white car at a bus station in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. She was supposed to be taken to a clandestine abortion clinic to terminate a 16-week pregnancy. She never came home. RIO DE JANEIRO ... continue reading


If you think ISIS is bad, just look at what's going on in Mexico Watch

Image of Those who speak out against the Mexican drug cartels often find themselves attacked, abused, or even murdered.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the world-and especially the United States-remains fixated on the brutal actions and conquests of the Islamic State, few are looking closer to home to see such brutality, sometimes on a larger and more horrifying scale. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Worst drought in years: So Paulo may run out of water by next month Watch

Image of One of the causes of the Brazilian drought crisis may be more than 2,000 kilometers away, in the growing deforested areas in the Amazon region.

By Adriana Brasileiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon. SAO PAULO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 49:2, 8-10
2 Gather round, sons of Jacob, and listen; listen to ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
3 Mountains and hills, bring peace to the people! ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 1:1-17
1 Roll of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 17th, 2014 Image

St. Olympias
December 17: Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter