By Gregory Scruggs, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An explosion destroyed a restaurant on Thursday morning in downtown Rio, likely because of a gas leak. The building that houses Filet Carioca, which faces the recently renovated Praça Tiradentes, was completely destroyed in the blast, which left three dead and at least seventeen injured. The three victims were identified as Mateus Maia Macedo de Andrade, 19, Severino Antônio, 45, and the sushi chef, Josimar dos Santos Barros.

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