A violent fire destroyed Friday night a Bucharest nightclub killing 27 people, one of the worst accidents in recent decades in Romania.
“This is a great tragedy,” said the Romanian Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea. According to the Secretary of State within Raed Arafat, this is “the worst tragedy of its kind” in Bucharest.
The ministry said 27 people, mostly teenagers, died. 162 were injured and taken to different hospitals of the capital city.
The toll could still rise. At least 25 people are in a very serious condition, according to hospital sources.
An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the tragedy, which occurred around 23 pm local.
About 200 young people were given appointments in the colectiv nightclub for a concert by the group of hard-rock Romanian Goodbye to Gravity, which was promoting his new album.
Witnesses quoted by local media, an explosion occurred at the time was on a fireworks show. A pillar and part of the ceiling caught fire and thick smoke emerged in the disco, creating panic in the crowd.
Many wounded suffer leg injuries after being trampled in a stampede, and poisoning, according to health authorities.
“People fainted, they fainted due to smoke. It was total chaos, people were trampled, “said Victor Ionescu, a witness of the tragedy, the local television station Antena 3.
Another witness Alin Panduru, the fire spread “in the space of 30 seconds.” “People could not leave the club because there was only one outlet open and the stampede was formed immediately,” he told the online news portal Hotnews.
According to several media, the other exit door was locked at the time of the tragedy.
“I am shocked and my pain is deep following the tragedy that took place this evening in the center of the capital. This is a very sad moment for our nation, “responded the head of state Klaus Iohannis on his Facebook page.
The conservative president assured the families of “solidarity and sympathy”. The Ministry of Interior has made available to families several phone numbers so they can learn about their relatives.
Mr. Oprea, also Deputy Prime Minister, announced Saturday the holding of a national committee for emergency situations, representing all departments and authorities.
A Facebook page was created to encourage Romanians to donate blood. “A tragedy occurred that evening in Bucharest! Currently, there is enough blood, but tomorrow we will need all of you, “reads this page, inviting of Bucharest to visit early Saturday to blood transfusion center of the city.