4 people were killed on a Carnival float in Brazil. On Feb. 12, BBC News reported that a fire in the city of Santos turned a celebration in to a tragedy. The Carnival float hit a power cable and caused a short-circuit, thus sparking the fire. Although there were children on the float, they were able to get off before the fire got bad.
"This is a tragedy for our city. We cannot continue the parade in the current mood. This is a moment of extreme sadness," said the Mayor of Santos, Paulo Alexandre Barbosa.
The 4 killed on the Carnival float included a female spectator and three men who were pushing the float according to The Miami Herald. This fire comes just one month after a nightclub fire in southern Brazil claimed the lives of over 200 people. These fires are really worrying people, especially because Brazil is set to host the World Cup in 2016.
Perhaps one of the most frightening facts in this float fire is the fact that authorities left the scene once the fire ignited. These incidents don't seem to be handled properly and people's lives are definitely at risk.
After 4 were killed in the Carnival float fire, the mayor suspended the parade.
© Effie Orfanides 2013