A Carnival float fire has killed four people and injured others in the Brazilian port city of Santos, according to a Feb. 12 Associated Press report.
Speaking anonymously, an official from the fire department said the float caught fire shortly after the Sangue Jovem samba school ended its parade at dawn on Tuesday. The official added that three of the victims were pushing the float. A female bystander watching the parade was the fourth victim. Five other people sustained injuries, but there was no news on their condition.
The float reportedly caught fire after it struck a power line during the ongoing parade, which kicked off last Friday. Santos Mayor Paulo Alexandre Barbosa has suspended the event.
This accident follows a fire that killed over 200 people in a southern Brazil nightclub last month. While the country deals with these very public tragedies, it is also gearing up to host the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
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