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17/12/1961 Niterói circus fire killed more than 500 people


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The Niterói circus fire was a fire disaster which occurred in the city of Niterói, Brazil. With 3000 people present, and twenty minutes until the end of the show, a trapeze artist noticed the fire. In a little over five minutes, the circus was completely devoured by the flames. 372 people died immediately, with the total reaching 500 dead.