Tuesday 6 December 2016

Death toll from Bucharest club fire rises to 32

Published 03/11/2015 | 10:49

Police on the scene of the nightclub fire in Bucharest
Police on the scene of the nightclub fire in Bucharest
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis prepares to light a candle outside a nightclub, where a fire broke out on Friday, in Bucharest, Romania October 31, 2015. The fire in the nightclub killed 27 people and injured 184 during a rock concert that featured fireworks, Romanian government officials and witnesses said. In one of the capital's worst disasters in decades, about 400 people, mostly young adults, stampeded for the only available exit as the club in the basement of a Communist-era sport-shoe factory filled with smoke. REUTERS/Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. ROMANIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ROMANIA.
A child lights a candle outside a nightclub, where a fire broke out on Friday, in Bucharest, Romania October 31, 2015. The fire in the nightclub killed 27 people and injured 184 during a rock concert that featured fireworks, Romanian government officials and witnesses said. In one of the capital's worst disasters in decades, about 400 people, mostly young adults, stampeded for the only available exit as the club in the basement of a Communist-era sport-shoe factory filled with smoke. REUTERS/Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. ROMANIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ROMANIA.

The death toll from a fire at a nightclub in Romania has risen to 32 after a 28-year-old woman died of injuries she sustained during the blaze in Bucharest.

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Medical authorities said the woman, who had burns to about 50% of her body, died at St Pantelimon hospital. She was one of five patients in a serious or critical condition at the hospital.

Some 130 people remain in hospital, of whom about 90 are in a critical or serious condition, after fire engulfed the Colectiv nightclub on Friday evening during a heavy-metal rock concert.

Witnesses said a spark during a pyrotechnics show ignited foam in the basement club.

The inspectorate for emergency situations has appealed to the public to let it know about buildings where fire regulations are not respected.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, authorities in the Romanian capital said they wanted the "support of all citizens" in identifying potentially dangerous venues in Bucharest and the suburbs.

"The support is necessary to have a climate of security for citizens," the statement said.

Fire regulations can be lax in Romanian clubs and restaurants.

One club said on Monday it was unsafe and was closing down, and two others said they would close temporarily to upgrade fire security measures.

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