Authorities detained Monday four men in conjunction with the deaths of more than 200 people in a nightclub fire in southern Brazil, including two of the owners of the venue and two performers whose pyrotechnics display allegedly went awry and started the blaze.
The state authorities said the arrests were 'temporary' and were part of efforts to push the investigation forward, a legal power available to Brazilian courts, and didn't necessarily mean the men would be charged.
Survivors of the fire─Brazil's deadliest in nearly five decades─have said that sometime around 2 a.m. Sunday morning a Roman candle or emergency traffic flare that figured in a country-music performance ignited a fire in the roof of the club, called Kiss. Witnesses said either a musician or a security guard grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to stop the fire. But the extinguisher didn't function.
Representatives for the club's owners or the band couldn't be reached to comment.