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dateline: 29 January 2013

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Hundreds Die In Brazil Nightclub Fire

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • nightclub: a place where people gather to dance; alcohol is often consumed
  • pyrotechnic: with fireworks
  • panic: to act without careful thinking due to a sudden fear
  • gather: to get together in one place
  • gym: a school auditorium; a place where students play sports and watch performances
  • arrested: taken into police custody

A fire broke out at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil Sunday morning during a concert. Witnesses say that the band’s pyrotechnic show went wrong and caused the blaze. At least 231 people died in the fire at the Kiss nightclub. Some died from smoke inhalation while others were trampled to death as people panicked to find . Many of the concertgoers were students enjoying their last week of summer break. Up to 3000 people visit this popular nightclub on the weekends. Families gathered at a nearby gym to victims. An owner of the nightclub, and two of the have been arrested.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the fire break out?
  2. What were the main causes of death for the victims?
  3. What did many of the concertgoers have in common?

Discussion Question: What fire safety measures must owners of nightclubs or restaurants follow? Would you know what to do if there was a fire in an establishment that you were in?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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