16 People Have Been Indicted Over Night Club Fire

The Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, RS, Brazil News

(Courtesy of Rio Times)

Yesterday, the Rio Grande do Sul police announced their 55 day investigative results into the night club fire in Santa Maria that killed 241 people and left 632 people injured. The investigation will now call for the conviction of sixteen people. 35 charges are being pressed between them.

The night club owners and their manager will be facing indictment on the charges of negligent homicide. Also, two of the band members from that evening are facing the same charge, as it is believed that they ignited the blaze by putting one of the fireworks too close to the ceiling.

In the investigation, it was found that the incident was due to a “grotesque safety failure”. The night club was also licensed to have 600 occupants, however during the time of the fire it had 864.

Two of the city’s fire safety officials are also being indicted due to the club being allowed to operate without any emergency exits, poor lighting, and too few escape routes. The mayor of Santa Maria and the local fire fighters commander are also facing charges of administrative misconduct, as well as nine firefighters being held accountable because “evidence of manslaughter for the actions.”

Local police are also calling for an indictment for manslaughter for the town environmental and urban mobility secretaries, the head of supervision of urban mobility, and the official who issued the license to the club.

The investigation has almost lasted 2 months and covered 810 interviews and produced 1300 pages of evidence and testimonies. Police chief, Ranolfo Vieria Junior, stated “We want to give maximum publicity to the contents of this work. By the number of victims, the circumstances and complexity, I can say that this is the largest investigation ever undertaken by the police of Rio Grande Do Sul,”