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Colectiv Club Fire Death Toll Reaches 45, Goodbye To Gravity Drummer Passes Away From Injuries

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At the end of October, Goodbye To Gravity played a record release show at the Colectiv Club in Bucharest in which dozens were killed and hundreds injured when a fire broke out.

According to a new story from Classic Rock, the death toll has now reached 45, with Goodbye To Gravity's drummer Bogdan Enache passing away yesterday. An excerpt from the story reads:

He was the third member of the Romanian band to die, after their pyro display caused a blaze in which over 160 others were injured on October 30. Enache’s heart failed while he was being transported to Switzerland for burn treatment. Medical crew spent 70 minutes in attempts to keep him alive.

Guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru both died in the club, while vocalist Andrei Galut remains in a serious condition in a Netherlands hospital, and bassist Alex Pascu is recovering from surgery in Romania. 95 others remain in medical establishments across Europe.

Colectiv owner Alin Anastasescu and two associates were arrested and charged with homicide on November 2. Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta and his government resigned as a result of public reaction to the tragedy.

Metal groups from across the globe have reacted with shock to the tragedy, with Iceland's Skalmold the latest to issue a statement. The band comments:

"Skálmöld played the Club Colectiv last February and has played in beautiful Romania both before and since then. We have made great friends in promoters, club owners, local bands and of course the heartwarming fans. We lost many in this terrible accident and others are hurt. We are all hurt, the whole family. Words cannot change anything but we want you to know that we are thinking of you and that we will be coming back to Romania again asap. Take care of the ones who are hurt, remember those who lost their lives and stay strong. See you soon."

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

xFiruath, please keep us posted on this. There has to be more details if PM's are resigning and folks are being charged with homicide. Not a lot of details available for such a HUGE tragedy.

# Nov 10, 2015 @ 1:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

Looks like it was the historically deadly mix of pyrotechnics and foam.

# Nov 10, 2015 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. wraak writes:

@Blindgreed1 I have been following the news from abroad, I am Romanian. the reason for the PMs resignation aside from those related to several corruption suits against him is the way the club has obtained its permit. the law actually requires such public places to meet certain safety requirements: sprinklers, electrical shutoff switch, emergency exits, fire extinguisher, fire department inspection and permit. Would you like to guess which of the above was the club lacking? Almost all of them. It had one fire extinguisher according to initial reports, they located two more, but not easily accessible. The acoustic foam used in the club was highly flammable, the less flammable acoustic foam was 30% more expensive according to the company that has installed it. The acoustic foam was washed a month before the incident likely with solvent or highly flammable liquids. Judging from the pictures showing the fire, it has ignited from the base of the foam, where there was likely flammable liquids used in washing the foam as well as adhesive which may have been flammable as well. A test done with such materials showed that a room can be filled with very dark smoke within 30-60 seconds. In fact that's exactly what happened, from when the spark ignited the foam until the club was entirely covered in black smoke was 60 seconds according to security camera footage recovered from the club by inspectors. The mayor of Bucharest was arrested over corruption scandal for the fact the club had no fire department inspection. The owner requested Goodbye to gravity to have a minimum 400 people inside the club in order to justify no rent for the night, however the club was only licensed for 80. Keeping the license under 80 would allow the club owners to skip certain licenses needed for public venues hosting more than 100 people. The pyrotechnics used were rated for outdoor use not indoor. the 25k people gathered in the first night of protests requested resignation from PM, internal affairs minister and mayor of Bucharest. when the fire engulfed the ceiling it collapsed, I believe the ceiling was partially wood, but there are reports the wood was removed some time ago. This was an old communist factory. The stampede that formed at the door was 5 feet high through a double door that only one of the doors opened. That paired with people being unable to see due to dark smoke and intoxication/poisoning from gas from the burning foam. The hospitals were surprisingly quite ready to handle the large number of burned victims, having enough tissue, and other materials required for surgeries, however the number of seats in the hospital was slightly limited, all hospitals in Bucharest, a capital of ~4million reaching full capacity over night. The only reason why several countries stepped in is because the staff was working 24/7 often 7 doctors on one patient.

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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

Wraak, thanks for the info. It amazes me that a situation like this could be repeated after the club fire at the Great White show years ago (which was nearly identical in cause and effect) in Ohio. Foam + Pyro in a small venue = disaster and large casualties. Searching the web came up with a few snippets, but your info gives much more insight. My thoughts go out to you and your countrymen/women during this difficult time. A senseless tragedy that could/should have been avoided. But for the greed of lesser men...

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