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article imageRomania nightclub fire toll rises to 54

By AFP     Nov 12, 2015 in World

Four more people have died from injuries sustained in a nightclub blaze that toppled Romania's government, bringing the toll to 54, doctors said Thursday.

The bassist from local hard rock group Goodbye to Gravity, which was performing in the Colectiv nightclub when the October 30 fire erupted, died on Wednesday night after he was transferred to France for treatment.

Three more died in hospitals in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

Another 66 people are still hospitalised, a dozen of whom are in critical condition.

The basement club was packed with some 400 mainly young revellers when fireworks were let off, triggering a blaze and a stampede.

Initial investigations pointed to numerous breaches of safety standards at the club, which critics saw as emblematic of the corruption gripping one of the European Union's poorest nations.

The venue's three owners have been detained on suspicion of causing manslaughter.

The tragedy sparked mass anti-government protests, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who had already been under pressure to quit over allegations of tax evasion and money-laundering.

On Tuesday, former EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos was appointed as his successor.

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