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Romanian fire death toll rises, mayor arrested

Posted by on November 9, 2015

goodbyeIt’s now been nine days since the Bucharest fire at rock club Colectiv during Goodbye to Gravity’s record release show, and sadly, the death toll has risen pretty considerably. Since we last wrote about it, another thirteen have died, bringing the death toll to 45. Of the dead, one is Goodbye to Gravity’s drummer, Bogdan Lavinius, who died while being transported by plane to a hospital in Switzerland. He’s the third member of the band to perish, following guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru. The other two members of the band are still hospitalized for their injuries, with singer Andrei Gulut recovering in a treatment center in the Netherlands and bassist Alex Pascu still in Romania, but with his family trying to get him transferred abroad as well.

Meanwhile, Buacharest mayor Cristian Popesccu Piedone has been arrested following his resignation, The Guardian reports. Prosecutors state that there was evidence that Popescu granted a permit for the club even though it wasn’t authorized by firefighters. The fire was caused by pyrotechnics during Goodbye to Gravity’s show, which ignited foam soundproofing and caused a stampede out of the basement club’s only exit.

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