Romania President awaits investigation report after Bucharest nightclub fire

Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, says he awaits the results of an investigation report after a fire at a nightclub in Bucharest leaves 27 dead and 184 injured as blood donors queue outside of hospital.

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (OCTOBER 31, 2015) (REUTERS) – Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said he hoped to get the results of an investigation report into a Bucharest nightclub fire, that killed 27 and injured 184, quickly. Iohannis made his statement to the media on Saturday (October 31) outside a hospital where patients were being treated after the incident.

“People are revolted that something like this could have happened. I hope we will have the investigation reports very quickly and if necessary we will change the regulations so that this kind of tragedy does not to happen again,” he 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.

Several witnesses said there were fireworks inside the club. Colectiv Club’s Facebook page said the show would feature pyrotechnic effects.

Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat said 17 of the 27 dead had yet to be identified and that 146 people remained in hospital.

In a response to an appeal for blood donations by the health minister, queues of people lined up outside a hospital in the capital, eager to help.

“Solidarity has to exist. A tragedy has happened and everybody who can, must help in any possible manner. We came to donate blood,” said Daniela, a blood donor.

The government said it would declare three days of national mourning later on Saturday.

Some of the deadliest nightclub disasters in the world were started by fireworks.

In the southern Brazilian college town of Santa Maria in 2013, a musician lit an outdoor flare inside the Kiss nightclub and started a fire that killed at least 241 people, investigators said.

Fireworks were also blamed for nightclub fires in Russia’s Perm that killed 156 people in 2009 and in Argentina’s Buenos Aires in 2004 that killed 194.