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No alarm, only 1 exit in Brazil nightclub fire

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Relatives hold photographs of Pamella Lopes, who died in a nightclub fire, as they stand a public square near the nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, Monday.


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There was no fire alarm, no sprinklers, no fire escape. In violation of state safety codes, fire extinguishers were not spaced every 1,500 square feet, and there was only one exit. As the city buried its young Monday following Sunday's nightclub blaze that killed 231 people, questions were raised about whether Brazil is up to the task of ensuring the safety in venues for the World Cup next year, and the Olympics in 2016
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