27 people died and over 160 were injured in a devastating fire that broke out on Saturday night in a nightclub Tabacarilor street in downtown Bucharest.The tragedy happened during a concert that was attended by over 400 people , witnesses said . In total , 184 people were taken to 11 hospitals in Bucharest and Ilfov county for medical care. However, according to the head of the Department for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Interior, Raed Arafat, the casualty rate is “unfortunately (…) expected to rise”. Authorities have declared three days of national mourning .
The fire started at around 23.00 on Friday evening due to pyrotechnic effects set off during a concert, according to witnesses. According to the Facebook page of the club, it was to play host on Friday evening to the launching of an album by band Goodbye to Gravity. The organizers announced a custom light show, as well as a pyrotechnical display.
“Part of the persons admitted, those taken by ambulance especially, are in severe condition and required intubation, reason for which we needed to relocate ventilators to said hospitals”, Raed Arafat added. He mentioned that part of the wounded reached the hospital in private cars or in taxis.
He explained that a code red plan is in effect, a plan that comes into effect at the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU) and the Interior Ministry when multiple victim accidents occur, especially if the accident has more victims than first response capacity. In such cases more forces are mobilized.
“There are very many victims who have reached hospitals, many have reached it on their own. It’s a normal thing in situations such as this. We are done now at the scene, we will settle matters in hospitals, offer support to hospitals that are overcrowded, move wounded from those hospitals to others”, he added.
Health Minister Nicolae Banicioiu has announced on Friday night that the number of victims of the fire that engulfed the Bucharest nightclub Colectiv is very high and the gravity of burns is as well.
“There are more and more victims, unfortunately, they are redistributed to emergency hospitals that have the possibility of treating severe burn victims – University, Floreasca, Bagdasar, who are in the first line. Obviously they will be redistributed to other hospitals. Unfortunately, the number of hospitals is very high and the gravity of burns is as well. We are now redistributing ventilators and we will ensure ventilators for all patients. There is a very high number of victims, ” said Banicioiu at Realitatea TV.
The subsequent intervention saw the participation of over 60 emergency situation units (ambulances, firetrucks, emergency extrication units), as well as of crews from ISU Bucharest, together with police and gendarmes. Furthermore, a mobile hospital was deployed at the scene by the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations.
Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea has called a meeting of the National Committee for Emergency Situations for 7 o’clock Saturday morning following the fire in the Colectiv club in the Capital that left numerous dead and wounded. Oprea mentioned that he has constantly informed President Klaus Iohannis regarding the developments in the situation.
Emergency number for relatives of those in Bucharest nightclub destroyed by fire
The head of the Department for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Interior, Raed Arafat, has announced that a phone number is available to the relatives of those that were present on Friday night in the Colectiv club in Bucharest, the site of a powerful fire that left at least 25 dead.
The phone number is +4021 206 92 91.
President Iohannis: I am shocked and profoundly saddened by tragic event in Capital
President Klaus Iohannis has stated, in a Facebook post late on Friday evening, his compassion and solidarity with the families of those affected by the fire that has started in a nightclub in Bucharest.
“I am shocked and profoundly saddened by the tragic event that has happened tonight in the center of the Capital. It is a very sad moment for us all, for our nation and for me personally. In these painful times, I express my full compassion and solidarity towards the families of those affected by the tragedy. Furthermore, I assure the families affected by this shocking event of the full support of those involved in rescue operations and I ask them to have faith that responsible institutions are putting in all the efforts to suppress the effects of the catastrophe. I call upon you all to be together with the grieving families and show compassion and solidarity”, said the head of state.