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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's sadness at night club fire

The Brazilian President has cut short a visit to Chile and is returning home after a fire in a nightclub killed at least 230 people in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul.

At a news conference before she left, Dilma Rousseff said the authorities were doing everything they could to help those affected by the fire.

''At this time of sadness, we are together,'' she added.

Local media say the fire began when a band let off fireworks at the Kiss club in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul.