A fire swept through a crowded Buenos Aires nightclub, killing at least 88 people and injuring more than 265, the city's mayor said today.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A fire swept through a crowded Buenos Aires nightclub, killing at least 88 people and injuring more than 265, the city’s mayor said today.


The blaze broke out around late tonight during a rock concert and television images showed rescue workers carrying some of the wounded away on stretchers.


Others could be seen treating the injured on the street in front of the Republica de la Crogmanon disco in the Argentine capital, which is popular with teenagers.


Buenos Aires Mayor Anibal Ibarra told reporters it wasn’t immediately unclear what caused the fire but said that 88 people had been killed and 267 injured.


Witnesses said the building quickly filled with smoke shortly after the fire erupted as people rushed for emergency exits.


“We could barely see there was so much smoke,” an unidentified youngster told the TodoNoticias television network. Argentine media reported as many 1,500 people were believed to have been in the building at the time.