BUCHAREST (APP) – At least 26 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a fire ripped through a nightclub in Bucharest late Friday, government officials said.

The blaze broke out in night club Colectiv in the Romanian capital, where some 200 people had gathered to hear a gig by rock group Goodbye to Gravity.


Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said 26 people had died so far, raising an earlier toll of 25, while his secretary of state said 154 people had been injured.

Witnesses quoted by local media said an explosion occurred when fireworks were let off, which then sparked a violent fire.


The injured have been taken to several hospitals across Bucharest.

Oprea labelled the incident a “tragedy,” while President Klaus Iohannis said he was “shocked” by the deaths.


“It is a very sad moment for our nation,” he said on his Facebook page.