Brazil fire arrests
Santa Maria (Brazil), Jan. 28 (AP): Brazilian police officials said today they have made three detentions and are seeking a fourth person in connection with a blaze that ripped through a nightclub in southern Brazil over the weekend, killing more than 230 people.
Inspector Ranolfo Vieira Junior said the detentions are for investigative purposes and those detained can be held up to five days.
He declined to identify those detained or the fourth person sought, but the Brazilian newspaper Zero Hora quoted lawyer Jader Marques as saying that his client Elissandro Spohr, a co-owner of the club, had been held.
The paper also said police detained two band members who were on stage when the blaze broke out.
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