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Romanian president suggests 'ignorance of the rules' may have led to deadly fire

Romanian authorities are investigating a Bucharest nightclub fire that killed at least 27 people late Friday to determine if the venue and organizers had the proper permits for the fireworks display, The Guardian reports.

"I have indications that the legal regulations were not respected, [and] that the ignorance of the rules and laws led to this tragedy," President Klaus Iohannis said Saturday.

The death toll may rise, since many victims are still hospitalized in critical condition. The government has called for three days of national mourning.

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"I hope the authorities will end quickly and firmly the investigations and we will have conclusions that we can later explain to the parents, brothers and friends of victims as to why this tragedy happened," Klaus said.