Report: Brazil Nightclub Owner, Band Members, Arrested

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Source: Alastair Jamieson / NBC News

A Brazilian nightclub owner and two members of a band have been arrested by civil police investigating the blaze in which at least 233 partygoers died, newspaper Diario de Santa Maria reported Monday.

A fourth person is also being sought, the newspaper said.

It said businessman Elissandro Spohr, also known as ‘Kiko’ – one of the owners of the Kiss nightclub in the city of Santa Maria – was detained “on a temporary basis.”

His lawyer, Jader Marques, told the newspaper Spohr was present in the club with his pregnant wife at the moment that a spark from the pyrotechnic flare or fuse handled by the band lit the soundproofing on the ceiling.

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