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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - A fire tore through a Buenos Aires nightclub packed with young revelers celebrating the New Year holidays, killing at least 175 people as a stampeding crowd was trapped by locked exit doors, officials said Friday.
At least 619 people were injured in the blaze, thought to have been caused by a flare fired into the club's ceiling during a rock concert, sending burning debris onto the crowd of up to 4,000 people who desperately fought to flee the flames and suffocating smoke.
"The fire spread in a minute and we were a mountain of people trying to escape," said survivor Ariel Monges, 25, who lost a friend and a cousin in the fire and was searching for another friend at a city hospital.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Emergency exits at a nightclub packed with teenagers were padlocked or wired shut when a flare ignited the foam ceiling, sparking a blaze that killed 175 people and injured more than 700 in one of Argentina's worst disasters, survivors and officials said Friday.
Originally posted by Countermeasures
Some victims as young as 10? What are 10 year olds doing at nightclubs, childprostitution????