More than 230 people were killed early Sunday morning when a fire ripped through a nightclub in southern Brazil, the Associated Press reports.

According to The New York Times, the fire was ignited by a flare from a band's pyrotechnic show. Panicked clubgoers rushed for the exits, some of which were locked or initially blocked by the club's bouncers.

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“I just got out because I'm very strong,” Ezekiel Corte Real, 23, told Diario de Santa Maria, a local newspaper, according to the AP.

The Rio Times, an English-language newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro, reports that many of the died from smoke inhalation, while "scores" of people were trampled or suffocated as they tried to flee.

The club, called Kiss, is located in Santa Maria, a university city with a population of more than 275,000, according to Reuters. According to the AP, it's the deadliest nightclub fire the world has seen in over a decade.

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  • Firefighters try to put out a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria in southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. The death toll climbed to 150 early Sunday as firefighters searched the charred remains of the establishment, television Globo reported. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her visit to Chile. (Germano Roratto/AFP/Getty Images) <em>CORRECTION: An earlier version of this slideshow mistakenly said that Santa Maria is located 550 Km from Porto Alegre. The captions in this slideshow have been changed to correct this error. </em>

  • A victim of a fire in a club is carried in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, early Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. According to police more than 200 died in the devastating nightclub fire in southern Brazil. Officials say the fire broke out at the Kiss club in the city of Santa Maria while a band was performing. At least 200 people were also injured. (AP Photo/Deivid Dutra/Agencia Freelancer)

  • Firefighters work to douse a fire at the Kiss Club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Firefighters say that the death toll from a fire that swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil has risen to 180. Officials say the fire broke out at the club while a band was performing. At least 200 people were also injured. (AP Photo/Agencia RBS)

  • Firefighters work at a nightclub in Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. More than 150 people died early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria during a boisterous student party, police said. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her visit to Chile. AFP PHOTO / AGENCIA RBS / GERMANO RORATTO / BRAZIL OUT (Photo credit should read Germano Roratto/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A crowd stands outside the Kiss nightclub during a fire inside the club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. A blaze raced through the crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing 245 people as the air filled with deadly smoke and panicked party-goers stampeded toward the exits, police and witnesses said. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.(AP Photo/Roger Shlossmacker)

  • People run away as firefighters try to put out a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. The death toll climbed to 150 early Sunday as firefighters searched the charred remains of the establishment, television Globo reported. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her visit to Chile. (Germano Roratto/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters try to put out a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. The death toll climbed to 150 early Sunday as firefighters searched the charred remains of the establishment, television Globo reported. AFP PHOTO / AGENCIA RBS / GERMANO RORATTO / BRAZIL OUT (Photo credit should read Germano Roratto/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The victims of a nightclub fire receive medical assistance in a street of Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. The death toll climbed to 150 early Sunday as firefighters searched the charred remains of the establishment, television Globo reported. AFP PHOTO / AGENCIA RBS / GERMANO RORATTO / BRAZIL OUT (Photo credit should read Germano Roratto/AFP/Getty Images)

  • eople help an injured man, victim of a fire in a club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. According to police more than 200 died in the devastating nightclub fire in southern Brazil. Officials say the fire broke out at the Kiss club in the city of Santa Maria while a band was performing. At least 200 people were also injured. (AP Photo/Agencia RBS)

  • Relatives of victims from a fire that broke out at a nightclub are seen in Santa Maria, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. At least 232 people died and 131 were injured early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said.(JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A medic speaks on the phone amid relatives of victims from a fire that broke out at a nightclub in Santa Maria, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. At least 232 people died and 131 were injured early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said. (JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Relatives of victims from a fire that broke out at a nightclub weep in Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. At least 232 people died and 131 were injured early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said. AFP PHOTO / Jefferson BERNARDES (Photo credit should read JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Relatives of victims from a fire that broke out at a nightclub weep in Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. At least 232 people died and 131 were injured early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said. AFP PHOTO / Jefferson BERNARDES (Photo credit should read JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A nurse is seen walking towards relatives of victims from a fire that broke out at a nightclub in Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. At least 232 people died and 131 were injured early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said. AFP PHOTO / Jefferson BERNARDES (Photo credit should read JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Relatives of victims embrace as they wait for information after a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, 550 Km from Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. More than 150 people died early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria during a boisterous student party, police said. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her visit to Chile. AFP PHOTO / AGENCIA RBS / LAURO ALVES / BRAZIL OUT (Photo credit should read LAURO ALVES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Relatives of victims cry after a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, southern Brazil on January 27, 2012. More than 150 people died early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria during a boisterous student party, police said. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff interrupted her visit to Chile. (LAURO ALVES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A relative of a victim is comforted in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. A blaze raced through the crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 200 people as the air filled with deadly smoke and panicked party-goers stampeded toward the exits, police and witnesses said. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.(AP Photo/Evandro Sturm)

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