Firework company owner sentenced to prison in deadly Romanian nightclub fire found dead at home

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The owner of firework company who was handed a hefty prison in the Colectiv nightclub fire which killed 64 people, has been found dead at home.

The body of Daniela Nita, 44, was found on Monday, reported, citing police She had been dead for more than 24 hours.

Her family hadn’t heard from her for several days and alerted authorities.

Police are investigating the circumstances. An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

In 2019, a court sentenced Daniela Niță, to 12 years and eight months. Her fireworks ignited the blaze, the deadliest in recent history.

Prosecutors sought a bigger sentence for her alleging she tried to destroy evidence.

She appealed the ruling. A court was scheduled to deliver a final verdict in the case next month.

The three owners of the Colectiv nightclub received sentences of 11 years and eight months on charges of  manslaughter “in an aggravated form,” a reference to the high number of deaths and the way they were caused.

District mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone received a 8 year and nine months-sentence for official misconduct and complicity to official misconduct. Piedone says he is innocent.

A pyrotechnician received a sentence of 10 years, and six others also received prison sentences.

The fire broke out during a concert by rock band Goodbye to Gravity after a spark from pyrotechnics show ignited flammable acoustic foam.

Hundreds of revelers were in the club, and 27 died immediately from burns or smoke inhalation. Some died or were injured because they couldn’t escape through an exit door that was locked with a chain.


Romania court hands hefty prison sentences to owners of Colectiv nightclub where 64 killed in fire


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