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Interior minister: 26 dead, 88 injured in explosion in Bucharest club

  • CORRECTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE OF EXPLOSION - Emergency workers walk outside the scene of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.  A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    CORRECTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE OF EXPLOSION - Emergency workers walk outside the scene of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE OF EXPLOSION - A survivor of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, stands outside the scene wrapped in a thermal blanket early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    CORRECTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE OF EXPLOSION - A survivor of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, stands outside the scene wrapped in a thermal blanket early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • A survivor of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, is led away from the scene wrapped in a thermal blanket early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    A survivor of a fire that occurred in a club in Bucharest, is led away from the scene wrapped in a thermal blanket early Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire Friday at a Bucharest nightclub, killing more than 20 people and injuring scores of the club's mostly youthful patrons, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Romania's interior minister says an explosion in a Bucharest nightclub has left 26 people dead and 88 hospitalized with injuries.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said the explosion occurred Friday night at a club in downtown Bucharest, a city of 3 million people.

Digi 24 television station cited witnesses who say the explosion came after a spark on a stage where a band was performing ignited some of the polystyrene decor.

Oprea arrived at the Colectiv club. The ministry says there were 60 ambulances and fire engines sent to the scene and a mobile hospital had been set up outside.