The Kiss nightclub fire, the true story behind “Every day the same night”

“Every day the same night” is a Brazilian miniseries on Netflix inspired by the tragic fire at the Kiss nightclub, which claimed the lives of 242 young people in Santa Maria (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) in 2013. The fiction that opens on January 25, 2023 has Julia Rezende as general director , with Carol Minêm as director and Gustavo Lipsztein as screenwriter.

The five-episode miniseries is based on the 2018 book “Todo dia a misma noite: A história não contada da boate Kiss”, the work of award-winning Brazilian journalist Daniela Arbex, and features a cast made up of actors such as Debora Lamm, Thelmo Fernandes, Paulo Gorgulho, Bianca Byington, Leonardo Medeiros, Raquel Karro, Bel Kowarick, Erom Cordeiro, Laila Zaid, Flávio Bauraqui, Paola Antonini, Nicolas Vargas, Manu Morelli, Luan Vieira, Miguel Roncato and Sandro Aliprandini.

” “reveals the untold story of one of the greatest tragedies in Brazil: from the police investigation to the circumstances that led to the fire and the tireless fight for justice waged by the families of the victims. A fight that continues 10 years later”. But what is the real story behind the brazilian miniseries?

THE TRUE STORY BEHIND “EVERY DAY THE SAME NIGHT”

The event known as the Kiss nightclub tragedy occurred on January 27, 2013. at the nightclub, located at number 1925 on Rua dos Andradas in the center of the city of Santa Maria. During the party called “Agromerados” organized by students from six universities and technical courses of the Federal University of Santa María (courses of Pedagogy, Agronomy, Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics) a great fire broke out.

The party began on the night of Saturday, January 26, 2013, but the tragedy broke out when the band Gurizada Fandangueira made its presentation with a fireworks show.. around 2:30 am (local time), the vocalist of the musical group lit a firework known as “Silver Rain”, which hit the acoustic insulation material on the ceiling, “which caused the flames to spread rapidly and a dense smoke spread in the compound”.

Although the band tried to put out the first flames with water and a fire extinguisher, in a matter of minutes the fire spread throughout the Kiss nightclub. According to the testimonies of the survivors, the security guards of the event thought that it was a fight and closed the doors of the club to prevent attendees from leaving without paying.

This caused the young women to pile up, forcing the exit. Likewise, others forced the doors of the bathrooms, believing that they were emergency exits that did not really exist. Due to the latter, 90% of the bodies were in the bathroom.

Victims of the Kiss nightclub tragedy

The tragedy left a balance of 242 people dead and 636 injured. For what is considered the second fire in Brazil with the most victims, only surpassed by the Tragedy of the Great Circus of North America, which occurred in 1961 in Niteroi, where 503 people died.

Later, the authorities reported that most of the victims did not die from burns, but rather from suffocation, since they inhaled the toxic gases released by a foam that covered the ceiling of the nightclub to reduce noise, while others were trampled.

When I arrived, we analyzed the scene and saw that there was a maximum capacity of 1,000 people, but as we understood there were around 2,000, and therefore there was a case of overcapacity”, pointed out at the time Guido de Melo, fire chief of Rio Grande do Sul, .

Two parents mourning the victims of the fire at the Kiss nightclub in the miniseries "Every day the same night" (Photo: Netflix)

Two parents mourning the victims of the fire at the Kiss nightclub in the miniseries “Every day the same night” (Photo: Netflix)

Irregularities in the club

  • A single exit (and not very spacious).
  • Use of flares indoors.
  • Overcrowding (there were 1,300 people, when the maximum capacity was 691).
  • Improper lining material.
The families of the victims demanding justice in the miniseries "Every day the same night" (Photo: Netflix)

The families of the victims demanding justice in the miniseries “Every day the same night” (Photo: Netflix)

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