Rio De Janiero Fire Destroys Carnival Costumes

Monday, February 07, 2011

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A fire in Rio De Janiero Monday morning torched costumes and other materials set aside for Brazil's world-famous Carnival.

Several warehouses and a samba school were burned in the blaze, which has reportedly destroyed thousands of costumes being stored for next month's Carnival. No serious injuries were reported, according to the BBC.

Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of Rio De Janiero each year for the annual multi-day festival, which includes parades and colorful, elaborate costumes. It's a major tourist attraction for the Brazilian city.

According to The Associated Press, Rio De Janiero's mayor said the city will help participating groups, and the festival will still be held in March. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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