Scores die in Argentine blaze

A blaze in a crowded Argentine nightclub has killed at least 175 people and injured 714.

    Investigators suspect a flare was the cause of the deadly fire

    Buenos Aires Health Secretary Alfredo Stern told local television on Friday that "the city does not remember such a terrible situation".

    Local media reported that as many as 5000 to 6000 people may have been inside the club listening to a band play when the blaze broke out an hour just before midnight.
       
    Witnesses said the fire started when a flare was shot into the club's ceiling, which was covered with foam. There was a stampede and many people fainted from inhaling smoke.
       
    "There are versions that flares caused the fire, but I cannot confirm this until we have more information from the fire department," Mayor Anibal Ibarra said.
       
    Parents panic

    Police said the fire was extinguished quickly, but rescue workers continued to remove people on stretchers from inside the club. Television showed pictures of the bodies of young people lying on the sidewalks outside the club.
       
    Parents rushed to the scene desperate to find their sons and daughters amid the chaos. Dozens of ambulances took the injured to 14 hospitals in the city.
       
    The blaze was the worst in the Americas since a supermarket fire in neighbouring Paraguay last August killed nearly 400 people. The owners are accused of closing the doors after the fire broke out to stop looting.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.