Death toll in Brazil nightclub fire tops 235

The bodies of the young college students were found piled up just inside the entrance of the Kiss nightclub, among more than 235 people who died in a cloud of toxic smoke after a blaze enveloped the crowded locale within seconds and set off a panic.


Hours later, the horrific chaos had transformed into a scene of tragic order, with row upon row of polished caskets of the dead lined up in the community gymnasium in the university city of Santa Maria. Many of the victims were under 20 years old, including some minors. (Reuters)