07 Feb '11, 1pm

some days you cant help be sad... Fire destroys #Rio carnival venue #Brazil

some days you cant help be sad... Fire destroys #Rio carnival venue #Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO : Rio's famed Carnival due to be held next month was dealt a devastating blow on Monday when a fire destroyed workshops containing floats and thousands of intricate costumes made for the event. "We are heartbroken," said Jorge Castanheira, president of the League of Samba Schools which puts on the yearly event. "Everything was practically ready for the Carnival." "A dream has been thrown in the trash. Months of work, and it's all lost," lamented Jose da Silva Junior, one costume worker, to reporters. Several hours after the blaze gutted part of Samba City, the area dedicated to Rio's Carnival preparations, around 100 firefighters managed to bring the situation under control though black smoke continued to billow over the city. Officials said that despite the ravages of the fire, the Carnival would go ahead as usual, with Rio's spectacular parades of dancers ...

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