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Arrests made in Brazil fire, funerals begin


March 16. 2013 11:38PM
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SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian police say they've made three arrests and are seeking a fourth person in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people.


Inspector Ranolfo Vieira Junior said at a Monday press conference that the arrests are for investigative purposes. He says the detentions have five-day limits.


He declined to identify those arrested or the fourth person sought.


More than 230 people died early Sunday during the fire at a university party in southern Brazil. Police have said they think a band's pyrotechnics show ignited sound insulation on the ceiling, causing the blaze.


The Zero Hora newspaper quotes lawyer Jader Marques as saying his client Elissandro Spohr, a co-owner of the club, was arrested. The paper also says two band members were arrested.


Funerals began Monday in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil, where the blaze took place.




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