Romanian nightclub fire victim dies from injuries

Elsa Albu
Elsa Albu

A Luton woman who was caught in a Romanian nightclub fire has died from her injuries.

Elsa Albu, 37, was celebrating her birthday at the Collectiv nightclub in Bucharest on October 30, when a band that were performing set off fireworks.

The pyrotechnics ignited foam on the walls and the ensuing blaze triggered a stampede which killed scores of people.

More than a hundred others were left seriously hurt.

Among them was Elsa, who initially survived the horror but suffered second and third degree burns to her hands, arms, neck and head.

Last week the 37-year-old’s condition worsened and she lost her fight on Thursday.

Her fiancee Dwain paid tribute to his loved one on Facebook.

He said: “I will miss every piece of you and my life will never be the same.”

Elsa was not well enough to be transported when 11 patients were flown from Romania to special burns units in the UK on November 8.

However her friends and family attempted to fly her home privately and appealed for help after setting up an online fund.

In just six days they beat their £1,000 target ten times over and eventually raised more than £14,000.

Elsa had lived in the UK for 11 years after moving over from Romania.