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Fire Safety Checks Close Venues in Rio

By Andrew Willis, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Municipal authorities in Brazil have responded to the tragic fire that killed over 230 partygoers in a nightclub in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul last month by conducting a wave of license and safety checks across the country. In the week that followed the blaze, over 120 venues were closed in the state of Rio de Janeiro alone due to irregularities.

Another fifty commercial premises received fines but remained open, while a further twenty were receiving warnings, the Rio de Janeiro state Fire Brigade said in . . .

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