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Brazil club fire: 'Many people tried to escape'

27 January 2013 Last updated at 15:26 GMT

At least 230 people have died in a fire that swept through a night club in a university city in southern Brazil.

The fire reportedly began when a band let off fireworks at the Kiss club in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul.

Carlos Ferreira, a journalist with the Zero Hora newspaper in Porto Alegre in Brazil, said news of the rising death toll was outlined at a news conference.