Eight persons are dead and 34 injured in a spectacular fire which swept a 21 story commercial building in downtown Rio on Friday (28 June).
MS top of bldg, smoke coming from windows
MCU people looking out of windows of burning bldg.
CU firemen looking out of burning bldg.
MS top of burning bldg.
MS of crowds in street pans over to burning bldg.
MS firemen rushing into bldg.
CU flames & smoke coming from bldg.
CU of fire trucks
Side of bldg., smoke & fire out of windows
Firemen pushing people back
High shot of crowd
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Background: Eight persons are dead and 34 injured in a spectacular fire which swept a 21 story commercial building in downtown Rio on Friday (28 June).The blaze apparently started when a short-circuit in a seventh-floor motion picture laboratory ignited some nearby film.The blaze spread rapidly and the upper stories of the building were isolated.Six persons died when they jumped or fell from upper stories of the building in a desperate attempt to escape the flames.Many others escaped by breaking through into an adjoining hotel.Still others (about 60) were evacuated from the roof by Brazilian Army helicopters.A water shortage hampered efforts to put the blaze out at first.