At least four people died and six were injured in the wee hours Tuesday when a Carnival float caught fire during a samba school parade in the Brazilian city of Santos, paramedics said.

The fire broke out shortly before 1:30 a.m. when one of the floats of the Sangue Jovem samba school brushed against a power line causing a short circuit. Flames quickly consumed the vehicle and the exhibit it was carrying.

Sangue Jovem is a school made up of fans of the Santos soccer club, and the float that went up in smoke was dedicated to Brazilian soccer legend Pele as part of a parade whose theme was the richness of the country's African heritage.

The six injured were taken to hospital in Santos, a seaside city in Sao Paulo state.

Because of the tragedy, Santos city hall called off the local Carnival celebrations, which were meant to continue all day Tuesday. EFE