Bucharest nightclub fire: death toll reaches 45 as drummer of band dies


Bogdan Enache died after attempt to move him to Switzerland, the fourth death related to the fire to be reported on Sunday




The drummer of the heavy metal band playing when a fire broke out in a nightclub in Bucharest has died, bringing the death toll to 45.


Bogdan Enache, of Goodbye to Gravity, who were playing in Colectiv in the Romanian capital on 30 October, died on Sunday evening.


Enache was being transported on a military plane to Zurich, Switzerland, for treatment for his burns, when he went into cardiorespiratory failure. The plane headed back to Bucharest, while medics tried for 70 minutes to resuscitate him. He died after the plane landed in Romania.


Dozens of people who were injured in the fire remain hospitalised with serious burns as authorities warn that the death toll could continue to rise.


Romania has continued to send the injured to other countries for treatment. A plane from Nato arrived in Bucharest late on Sunday to take a number of the injured for treatment to Britain and Norway overnight.


In recent days, 21 injured people have been transported to hospitals in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Israel and Germany, the health ministry said.


The fire broke out at the Colectiv nightclub after a spark from a pyrotechnics show ignited foam decor. The band’s two guitarists died last week from their injuries.


In another development on Sunday, Klaus Iohannis, the Romanian president, appeared at a protest staged by a few hundred people in University Square in Bucharest, now in its sixth day. Surrounded by security staff, Iohannis was booed by demonstrators who shouted “Resign!” He spoke to a few protesters and left after less than half an hour. Iohannis has called on Romania’s civil society to take part in consultations for a new government.


“I saw revolt [in the square], but also hope that things can change. I told people to stay involved, that only together we can all make Romania the country we want it to be,” Iohannis said on his Facebook page.


The prime minister, Victor Ponta, and his cabinet resigned on Wednesday after mass protests, which have continued this week.


Enache’s death was the fourth reported on Sunday. A man had succumbed to his injuries at the state burns hospital late on Saturday, reports said, while two other patients died early on Sunday at the Floreasca emergency hospital, including a Turkish man who was studying in Romania and a woman who worked at the club’s bar, according to the Mediafax news agency.


Nine deaths were announced on Saturday, the highest number for a single day.


The Guardian