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Fire kills 15 during rock show in Ecuador

world Updated: Apr 20, 2008 10:24 IST

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At least 15 people have been killed and 45 injured when a fire erupted during a rock concert inside a nightclub in Ecuador's capital Quito, a Red Cross spokeswoman told AFP.

The fire was apparently set off by a pyrotechnics show gone wrong on Saturday during the concert attended by about 100 people at the Factory nightclub, said Red Cross spokeswoman Cristina Medina.

"We have counted 15 dead," she said.

Cesar Enriquez, a firefighter, said another 45 people suffered burns.

Medina said she feared that several people suffered serious injuries.

The nightclub is located just 500 metres from the main commercial center in the southern area of the capital, and near the city's trolley bus terminal.

The nightclub had cardboard and fabric decorations, according to local radio reports.