17 injured in two explosions in Sighetu Marmatiei

The first explosion in the Sighet club occurred on Saturday around 00.56, owing to an accumulation of gas in a higher storey of the building where the club was, though the latter was not joined to the gas network. The blast occurred when three young women lit their cigarettes in the club’s bathroom. Seven young women, aged 16 to 23, were injured, sustaining burns covering 30 to 60 pc of their body, affecting mainly their faces and hands. One of them remained at the local hospital, while the other six were transported to the Plastic Surgery, Reconstruction and Burns Emergency Hospital in Bucharest aboard a C-27J Spartan military plane. The girls were assisted during the flight by a SMURD medical team, a mission approved following a request made by the Under-Secretary of State in the Health Ministry, Dr. Raed Arafat. Five of the victims are in serious, but stable condition. “The girls need surgery as they sustained burns on their faces and hands, but forecasts are good. Nonetheless, they will be left with scars. We will start skin transplants in a week’s time,” the physician who is treating them stated, quoted by Mediafax. He added that none of the girls was in critical condition and all were conscious when brought to the hospital. According to the latter, one of the girls stated all she could remember was she had dancing on stage when the explosion occurred. A second blast occurred yesterday morning in the same venue, resulting in the injuring of ten people from the team dispatched to investigate the scene of the deflagration. According to Cornel Babut, from the Maramures Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU), the list of the injured includes three police officers, two fire fighters and four civilians, as well as a prominent notary-public. The civilians injured comprise the director of the Berg Sistem Gaz company in Sighetu Marmatiei, who is in fairly serious condition, and the deputy head of ISU Maramures.The spokesman for the Romanian Police, Christian Ciocan, stated that one of the police officers injured in the second explosion was badly hurt. The deputy chief of the Sighet Police and two criminologists were at the scene at the time.The club where the first explosion occurred is at the basement and a law practice stands above it. The second explosion took place in a room adjoined to the one where investigations were being conducted to establish the cause of the first deflagration. The victims of the second blast were also transported to Bucharest aboard a military plane. Some of them were taken to the Floreasca Hospital, while three or four were taken to the Burns Emergency Hospital. According to the Maramures prefect Sandu Pocol, the second blast occurred just as the Sighetu Marmatiei gas company director indicated the presence of gas, picked up by the detection device.basic safety rules, violatedAccording to the inspector general in the Labour Inspectorate, Dantes Nicolae Bratu, quoted by Mediafax, the preliminary information concerning the second explosion indicates that a basic safety rule was ignored, namely, the gas and electricity supply in the building was not turned off. At the same time, the Sighetu Marmatiei Court’s chief prosecutor, Ioan Ardelean, told “Gandul” that the first blast had been caused by a gas leak coming from the building adjoined to the “Euforia” club, a notary public’s office, while the second is deemed a work accident. According to the latter, two investigations were initiated in both cases.The notary public’s office had long been vacated, as the notary had moved to another building. Nonetheless, the notary was injured in the second blast as he had come to let the investigators in. At any rate, the investigation continues and, if it is found to be a case of negligence in the line of duty, the representatives of the gas company, Berg Sistem Gaz, may be deemed responsible. The Interior Minister Gabriel Berca dispatched the Romanian Police chief Liviu Popa to the scene, alongside a team of specialists, to assist in the investigation. According to the town mayor, the perimeter where the explosions occurred was sealed off and gas experts are to establish whether the premises are safe once the investigations are injured, 19 flats damaged in abrud blastA man was injured and a total 19 flats and three cars were damaged in a blast which occurred on Saturday evening in a block of flats in Abrud, Alba County, and damages are estimated at over RON 20,000. According to the Alba Emergency Situations Inspectorate, the explosion was caused by an accumulation of gas coming from a gas cylinder. The man injured in the blast is a 54-year-old teacher. He was taken to Bucharest aboard a military plane, together with the young women injured in the first explosion in Sighetu Marmatiei. According to the doctors, the man is in critical condition.

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