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Romania nightclub fire death toll rises to 53

Two more people have died of burns sustained in a deadly nightclub fire in the Romanian capital, bringing the total number of deaths in the tragedy to 53.

Blaze erupted when spark ignited foam decor at concert on Oct. 30

Alex Pascu, right, was the latest member of the band Goodbye to Gravity to die in the Oct. 30 blaze in Bucharest. Four of the five band members have been killed, including guitarist Vlad Telea, left. (Vlad Busca/Reuters)

Two more people have died of burns sustained in a deadly nightclub fire in the Romanian capital, bringing the total number of deaths in the tragedy to 53.

Spokesman for the Floreasca Emergency Hospital Bogdan Oprita said Thursday two people died at the unit during the night.

Twenty-six people initially died in the Oct. 30 blaze in the Colectiv nightclub which erupted when a spark ignited foam decor during a heavy-metal concert, sending panicked revelers stampeding for the single-door exit. Patients have succumbed to their injuries almost on a daily basis since.

The blaze sparked mass protests that caused the collapse of the government. People blamed widespread corruption and bad governance for the fire.

President Klaus Iohannis has appointed former EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to form a technocrat government.

Candles are set down in the memory of victims two days after a fire accident at the Colectiv club in Bucharest. (Daniel Michailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

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