Thursday 23 November 2017

Death toll after Bucharest nightclub fire rises to 61

The blaze erupted during a heavy metal concert at the Colectiv nightclub on October 30.
The blaze erupted during a heavy metal concert at the Colectiv nightclub on October 30.

A psychologist injured in a Bucharest nightclub fire has died, bringing the death toll to 61.

The health ministry said 36-year-old Ioana Raluca Panculescu died on Sunday in a German hospital where she was being treated for severe burns.

The ministry said that 22 people remain in hospital in Bucharest, with another 22 being treated in hospitals in Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Israel and Germany.

The blaze erupted during a heavy metal concert at the Colectiv nightclub on October 30. The fire sparked by a pyrotechnics show sent panicked people stampeding to the club's single exit.

The initial death toll of 26 has risen as victims died due to complications caused by burns and the inhalation of toxic gases.

Press Association

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