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Romanian newspaper Libertatea
on Thursday morning published a 20 minute previously unknown of video of a firefighters' intervention at a fire disaster at a club in Bucharest four years ago. The newspaper says images prove how rescuers intervened in total disarray to save people from the fire, which killed dozens and wounded hundreds, leading to the fall of the government at the time.
The Colectiv nightclub fire took place at the Colectiv concert venue in Bucharest on 30 October, 2015. More than people died because of the fire, 26 on the spot and the rest in hospitals later, while more than 140 suffered severe burns. The case was blamed on massive corruption which allowed for the concert venue to function in improper conditions. Massive protests that followed led to the fall of the then government of Victor Ponta.
The images published by Libertatea today show about 20 minutes of the firefighters intervention, with officials including a local mayor and the then Interior minister supervising rescuers who, as the newspaper points out, fail to provide basic assistance to many of the injured people.
The newspaper said that the video, provided by a firefighter anonymously, has so far been kept away from the eyes of key officials and prosecutors investigating the case, despite having been handed to some rescue coordinators and a key top medical authority.