|Ethnicity||Pedro Arredondo Arguello|
|Born|| ca. 1952|
|Date|| October 10, 1978|
Pedro Arredondo Arguello (also identified as Pedro Arredondo Guedez) was a Venezuelan national guard who killed at least 22 people and wounded six others when setting fire to a nightclub in Caracas, Venezuela on October 10, 1978. According to later reports 25 people were killed in the incident.
During the night from October 9 to October 10 Arredondo was drinking at the "Claro de Luna" nightclub, located on the ground floor of a two-storey building in the barrio Quinta Crespo, and in the early hours got into an argument with one of the female employees there. Apparently in a fit of jealousy the drunk 26-year-old threatened to burn down the establishment, then left and went to a nearby petrol station, where he purchased gasoline. At 5:15 a.m. he returned to the club, sprayed the entrance with the liquid, and set it on fire.
Only five of the patrons inside managed to escape the blaze, while ten men and twelve women perished. Only one of the victims, however, burned to death, while the others suffocated, or were crushed when they tried to escape through a blocked emergency exit. Among those killed was the club's Portuguese owner Daniel Da Silva. The fire also spread to a discotheque on the first floor of the building, but did not claim any victims there, since the guests managed to escape through a window onto the platform of a truck. Arredondo was afterwards arrested by police and confessed to the crime.
- ↑ 22 die in club fire, The Morning Record and Journal (October 10, 1978)
- ↑ Fire at nightclub kills 22 persons; arson supected, Eugene Register-Guard (October 10, 1978)
- ↑ Arson blamed as 23 killed in nicghtclub fire, The Milwaukee Sentinel (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ 23 killed in pre-dawn nightclub blaze, The Straits Times (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ 22 killed in Caracas tavern fire, Observer-Reporter (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ Advirtió el presbítero Pedro De Freitas, notitarde.com (January 6, 2005)
- ↑ Acusados de la muerte de más de 50 personas en una discoteca, El Día (July 13, 2005)
- ↑ 22 killed in Caracas fire, Ottawa Citizen (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ Un ebrio causó incendio en centro nocturno: 22 muertos, El Siglo de Torreón (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ Tragedia en Caracas..., El Siglo de Torreón (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ Fuego a discoteca en Caracas: 22 muertos, El Tiempo (October 11, 1978)
- ↑ Mueren 22 por incendio en club nocturno venezolano, La Nacion (October 12, 1978)