Brazilian police reportedly took four people into custody Monday in connection with a deadly nightclub fire that killed at least 231 people, as funerals began in the small town of Santa Maria. The tragedy, meanwhile, put the country in a period of national mourning and, especially, fire safety at night-life venues.
"In the face of this tragedy, we have to make sure it never happens again," President Dilma said in a speech. "The victims were young. They had dreams. They could have been our future mayors, presidents, scientists, agronomists, psychologists and judges. They could have been any one of our sons or granddaughters."Authorities have said the nightclub did not have its fire permit up to date. According to witness accounts, there were indoor pyrotechnics, and no fire alarm or sprinklers appeared to go off.
Witnesses said that as flames and smoke spread through the club and people rushed for an exit, some fainted, some were trampled. Others headed for a bathroom, apparently in search of an exit or to get away from the smoke, but there was no escape.Firefighters said there was only one exit. It was closed and locked when the panic began, they said.

It was the worst nightclub fire the world has seen in a decade and the worst fire in half a century in Brazil, sweeping the college town of Santa Maria.At the remains of the now-destroyed Kiss club downtown, a large crowd gathered into the night Monday, some crying, others milling around slowly. Outside the city a massive Brazilian flag flew at half-staff, and cemeteries were filled with flowers brought by the families that had already held funerals.The families of the many who were injured in the fire placed their hopes in the hands of doctors. Mateus Pinheiro said he was counting on medical staff to keep his son Pedro Falcao alive.

All day, ambulances and police cars sped through the countryside, deep in the relatively rich southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, close to the borders of Argentina and Uruguay. The Estado of Sao Paulo, one of the country's biggest newspapers, asked readers to submit the names and locations of nightclubs they think may be unsafe, and promised to investigate.

1.Write true(T) or false (F).
1. The Kiss Club has fire permit updated.
2. The club had all of its emergency exit opened.
3. A newspaper promove investigation of all night club.
4.The families of the injured put their hopes in God.

2.Answers the next questions:
1.Which was the origin of the fire?
2 What the president of Brazil said about the fire?
3.How bad was the fire?
4.What the newspaper "The Estado do Sao Paulo" asked her readers?

3. Find in the text a synonym of the following words:
1.Nightclubs (paragraph A)
2.Fireworks (paragraph B)
3.Relatives (paragraph C).
4.Waved (paragraph C)

4.Change from active to passive the nexts sentences:
1.The tragedy put the country in a period of national mourning.
2.They could have been any one of our sons or granddaughters.
3.Outside the city a massive Brazilian flag flew at half-staff.

5.What do you think about Security in private clubs?. Write a composition around 120-150 words.

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