Brazil Carnival fire: The last day of Carnival celebrations in Brazil were darkened when a Carnival float hit a power line and caught fire, resulting in four fatalities.
Ivan Storti / Reuters
RIO DE JANEIRO
A Carnival float caught fire early Tuesday, in the Brazilian port city of Santos. The fire led to four deaths, striking a somber tone for the final day of exuberant Carnival celebrations throughout Brazil, police said.
The float, authorities said, caught fire after it struck a power line during maneuvers following its participation in ongoing Carnival festivities.
The accident, which follows a nightclub fire that killed 239 people in southern Brazil last month, comes at a time when public events and venues are under intense scrutiny because of what critics consider the lax enforcement of safety and fire codes in the country.