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Madrid Disco Owners Jailed for 1983 Fire

Reuters

The four owners of a central Madrid disco, where 81 people burned or suffocated to death in 1983, and two other people were found guilty of negligence on Friday and sentenced to jail terms of up to two years.

A Madrid court also said the state should pay a total of $14 million in compensation to the victims’ families. Hundreds of teen-agers forced their way through blocked fire doors in the basement rock club Alcala 20 when the blaze took hold in the early hours of a Saturday morning, but others were trapped inside.


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