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Bucharest Club Fire Kills 27

BUCHAREST, Romania (VIP NEWS) — A heavy metal band`s pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday night at a Bucharest nightclub, killing 27 people.

Prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation following a fire at a Bucharest nightclub which has left at least 27 dead and 180 injured.

Flames swept through the Colectiv Club, where up to 400 people had gathered to hear a rock group, Goodbye to Gravity, launched their new album, Mantras of War.

The show featured a pyrotechnic display, which went disastrously wrong with the fireworks setting the polystyrene décor alight.

Goodbye to Gravity guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru were among the 27 people who were killed in the fire. Lead singer Andrei Galut is in serious condition at Elias hospital with burns on 45 percent of his body and injuries from smoke inhalation. Bassist Alex Pascu is said to be at Spitalul de Urgenþã Floreasca (Bucharest Emergency Hospital), where he underwent surgery.

Several major nightclub fires have been blamed on pyrotechnics igniting foam used for soundproofing, including The Station nightclub fire in the U.S. that killed 100 people in West Warwick, Rhode Island, in 2003 and the Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil, which killed 242 people in the university town of Santa Maria in 2013.