APNewsbreak: Romania nightclub building had history of fires

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 8:28 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Records obtained by The Associated Press show that a Romanian nightclub fire which killed at least 48 people and toppled the country's government was preceded by three blazes in the same building.

The findings raise new questions about whether authorities could have prevented the tragedy.

The records show there were three small fires at the old shoe factory that housed the Colectiv nightclub over a three year period. Fire safety experts say that should have led to an investigation.

London Fire Brigade veteran Chris Fitzgerald said Tuesday that: "Once is bad, two is ridiculous, but once you get to three you know it's going to end in tears."

Romanian official Raed Arafat told the AP the previous fires occurred away from the club. Still, he acknowledged safety concerns.

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The Inspectorate for Emergency Situations' fire records: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2510395-inspectorate-of-emergency-situations-fire-records.html