Death toll rises to 32 after Bucharest club fire. Approximately 130 wounded still in hospitals

Newsroom 03/11/2015 | 09:25

UPDATE: The death toll following the fire in Bucharest’s Colectiv club has reached 32, after a young woman died on Tuesday at St. Pantelimon hospital. Andreea Chiriac, 28, was one of the five patients who was taken to the hospital in serious condition after the fire, according to the manager of the hospital, quoted by Mediafax newswire. Approximately 130 wounded are still hospitalized, 30 of them in serious condition. 

Monday, November 2

The death toll following the Colectiv club fire accident in Bucharest reached 32, while another 136 wounded are still hospitalized across several Bucharest hospitals, of whom 57 people are in critical condition.

One young man who is yet unidentified died today, taking the current death toll to 31, according to Mediafax newswire.

The 136 wounded are hospitalized, as follows:

  • – 26  at the Hospital for Plastic Surgery and Burns (of whom 3 in critical condition, 10 in serious condition and 14 stable)
  • – 21 at Bagdasar Arseni hospital (3 intubated, 18 in stable condition)
  • – 20 at Universitar hospital (6 in critical condition, 3 in serious condition and 11 in stable condition)
  • – 15 are at Floreasca hospital (14 intubated and 1 in stable condition)
  • – 14 at Elias hospital (4 intubated, 10 in stable condition)
  • – 12 at Militari hospital (2 intubated while 10 are in stable condition)
  • – 6 at the Grigore Alexandrescu hospital for children
  • – 8 at Sfantul Ioan hospital (6 are intubated, 2 are stable)
  • – 6 at SRI Hospital (2 in serious condition, 2 in stable condition)
  • – 5 at Sfantul Pantelimon hospital (2 intubated, 3 in serious condition)
  • – 3 at Gerota hospital (all in stable condition).

The Romanian Healthcare minister appointed a commission that will be in charge with coordinating the activity of hospitals that are treating the wounded from the Colectiv fire. The team will assess the state of patients, the necessary drugs and materials, or if the patients need to be transferred from one place to the other, accordigng to Mediafax.

The commission was at Bagdasar Arseni hospital, together with a team of French doctors who arrived in Bucharest on Sunday evening, and will then go to the Bucharest UniversitarEemergency Hospital, the Elias hospital, Floreasca emergency hospital, and the Grigore Alexandrescu children’s hospital.

Militari hospital announced on Monday that the state of three patients who are hospitalized at the Intensive Care has improved and they can be moved on the burns unit. Other five patients are still in serious conditions while one of them is still intubated.

After the accident, some units in Bucharest’s Municipal hospital, such as the intensive care and plastic surgery units, were overcrowded.

An Israeli medical team, who operated on patients at the Bagdasar Arseni hospital, will arrive at the Municipal hospital today to help the Romanian medical team.

Twenty people injured in the fire were hospitalized at the Bucharest Universitar Emergency hospital. One of the victims was well enough to be sent home. Nine of the remaining 19 are still in critical condition.

At the Floreasca hospital arrived 14 victims of the Colectiv fire, of whom 14 are still in very critical condition, and this morning, all patients were sent to surgery rooms for surgical interventions, according to Mediafax.

Civilians and institutions alike have started to rally their forces in support of the victims and families of the fire.

See here an up-to-date list of the institutions that offered to help as well as a complete location of the places where those interested can donate blood.

Doctors have emphasized on various occasions that blood donations will be necessary not only in the few days following the accident but over the next few weeks. 

Otilia Haraga

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