One year after the Colectiv tragedy, hundreds of clubs still break fire safety rules

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Over 400 clubs and discos in Romania have serious fire safety and security problems, one year after the deadly fire at Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, which claimed 64 lives and left 150 injured.

Firefighter inspectors from the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations conducted 448 checks in the clubs and discos countrywide on the nights of November 11 and November 12. Most of the deficiencies tracked down were related to the electric appliances or emergency exits. According to IGSU, over 1,300 irregularities have been found. 807 sanctions gave been applied, 402 warnings and 405 fines, worth RON 788,000.

Most of the fire security checks were in Bacau (22 venues), Cluj and Calarasi (19), Mures (18), Arges (17), Brasov and Mehedinti (16).

There were 52 checks in Bucharest-Ilfov area, with 198 irregularities tracked down and fines of RON 77,000.

In Brasov county firemen decided to close down two clubs as they exceeded the maximum clients limit by 10%. In Resita, the prosecutor’s office has been notified after the owner of a club opened the venue although firefighter inspectors had previously closed it down for serious fire security breaches.

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