Brazil Nightclub Fire: Police Arrest 3 in Santa Maria


"We will use all possible resources, not only to recover the bodies but to give support to all the families at this time," she said.

Santa Maria is home to a number of colleges and universities, including Federal University of Santa Maria, Methodist University of Santa Maria and Franciscan University Center.

The nightclub was a popular spot for many of the college students in Santa Maria. Many of the victims were younger than 20, according to investigators and police.

Santa Maria Mayor Cezar Schirmer declared a 30-day mourning period after one of the deadliest nightclub fires in the past decade.

In 2000, 309 people were killed in a fire at club in Luoyang, China.

In 2004, 194 people died at nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A 2003 nightclub fire killed 100 people in Rhode Island after a rock band used pyrotechnics that ignited foam soundproofing that lined the walls and ceilings of the venue.

Dave Kane's son, Nick O'Neil, was the youngest victim of the Rhode Island fire.

"We don't think tragedy will come to our door," Kane told ABC News Radio. "We think that mass murderers or killings or accidents or fires happen someplace else and that's terribly wrong."

PHOTOS: Santa Maria, Brazil Nightclub Fire

ABC News Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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