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Romanian nightclub fire death toll rises to 46 after journalist dies

Published 09/11/2015 | 12:06

Photographs of the victims are surrounded by candles outside the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania (AP)
Photographs of the victims are surrounded by candles outside the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania (AP)

A television editor and photographer has died from burns sustained in the Romanian nightclub fire, raising the death toll to 46.

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Teodora Maftei died at a hospital in Israel on Monday from burns sustained in the blaze on October 30, ProTV news reported.

Ms Maftei, 36, was also a blogger and was well-known for her photographs.

A Bucharest restaurant had exhibited 23 photos she took in London in August to help raise money for her treatment.

Raed Arafat, an emergency situations official, said on Monday that 10 patients have been safely transported to Britain and Norway for treatment. A total of 13 people died over the weekend.

The nightclub fire in Bucharest erupted after a spark ignited foam decor during a heavy-metal concert in the Colectiv club.

The blaze, the deadliest of its kind in Romania's history, sparked mass protests and caused Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his Cabinet to resign last week.

Police are due to question local police chief Adrian Ionescu later on Monday in connection with a probe into how the club was allowed to operate with only a single exit.

The club's three owners were arrested last week and are being investigated for manslaughter and involuntary bodily harm.

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