After deadly fire, fears for Carnival in Brazil

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:16 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

SAO PAULO (AP) - Just over a week since a nightclub fire killed nearly 240 revelers in southern Brazil, Carnival festivities hit full stride Friday, raising questions about the safety of those who will pack party spaces across the nation.

In the days following the deadly blaze at the Kiss club in the university town of Santa Maria, authorities across Brazil increased fire inspections and closed dozens of clubs in many major cities, mostly citing problems with the establishments' paperwork.

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