In the aftermath of the nightclub fire in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that left 175 people dead and more than 700 hurt, local government officials say they would no longer allow live concerts in dance ha
In the aftermath of the nightclub fire in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that left 175 people dead and more than 700 hurt, local government officials say they would no longer allow live concerts in dance halls. In addition, all Buenos Aires dance halls will be closed for the next two weeks, according to government chief Anibal Ibarra. During that time, meetings will be held to discuss new security measures in nightclubs.
The fire took place late Thursday (Dec. 30) at the Republica Cromagnon club in the heart of Buenos Aires, during a concert by rock band Los Callejeros. Reportedly, at least 2,000 people, many of them teenagers, were at the show.
The fire began when three fans threw flares that lit the club’s ceiling, sparking the fire and filling the locale with acrid smoke. In the pandemonium that followed, fans rushed for the doors and reportedly found many of the emergency exits locked or blocked. Many of the victims died trampled or as a result of smoke inhalation.
Yesterday (Dec. 31), club owner Omar Chaban was arrested, and police continued to look for three of his partners. Chaban spent Friday night in jail and is awaiting for charges to be filed.
The Republica Cromagnon fire is one of the deadliest nightclub fires in recent memory. A 2003 fire in a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, left 100 people dead.