Prosecutors File Murder Charges in Brazil Fire

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SAO PAULO — Prosecutors have filed charges against eight people in connection with a deadly nightclub fire in southern Brazil that killed 241 people earlier this year.

The Jan. 27 fire roared through the crowded, windowless Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria, filling the air with flames and thick, toxic smoke.

Police have said the band performing at the club lit a flare, which ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the ceiling. That released a deadly combination of cyanide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Prosecutor David Medina said in a Tuesday press conference that the two owners of the nightclub and two members of the band have been charged with murder.

Two others were charged with perjury and two with evidence tampering.

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