One of the victims of the deadly fire that swept through a central Madrid restaurant was a 25-year-old promising musician.
The blaze broke out near the entrance of Burro Canaglia Bar&Resto on 21st April shortly after 11pm, making evacuation of the victims difficult.
Julian Robles – a young man from Benidorm who had only been working at the Italian restaurant for a week – died in the tragedy.
Some reports described him as a cook, while others said he was working there a waiter.
Julian was a promising trap, reggaeton, and hip-hop musician who released music under the name Nailuj.
On Spotify, he had 2,500 monthly listeners and his music videos on YouTube had over 35,000 views.
His father described him as “super cheerful”.
The devastated dad told local media how, after seeing photos of his son taken hours before the tragedy, he felt “that something bad was going to happen to him”.
He also revealed how a few days earlier, he had composed a song called “The Room in Flames”, which included the lyric “You will cry for me”.
Julian’s family is considering taking the owners of the restaurant to court for possible negligence.
The victim’s dad said: “We are going to take the case to court so that this doesn’t happen again. His death must serve for something.”
The investigation into the blaze is reported to be focused on whether the establishment’s decor complied with regulations.
Julian’s father told local media: “The decoration was a trap and a bomb. It should have been fireproof decoration.”
Eyewitnesses have told the police that the fire broke out minutes after a waiter flambeed a dessert.
Other reports say that a flambeed pizza set fire to plastic plants on the table at the entrance.
The other fatal victim has been identified as 43-year-old Alexandra V. S., from Getxo in the Basque Country, who was visiting the restaurant as a customer.
She worked as a nurse at Clinica IMQ Zorrotzaurre, a private hospital in Bilbao, and was on a short trip to the Spanish capital at the time.
In addition to the fatal victims, 12 people were injured in the blaze, eight of whom remained hospitalised at the time of reporting.
One woman, believed to be in her twenties, was taken to Getafe University Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and with burns to eight per cent of her body.
At the time of reporting, she had been extubated and was in a stable condition.
A 29-year-old man remained intubated but stable in the ICU of Gregorio Maranon General University Hospital.
Two other men, aged 26 and 21, remained in the ICU of Hospital Clinico San Carlos suffering from smoke inhalation. Both had been extubated and were stable.
Two women, aged 40 and 25, were taken to La Paz University Hospital with burns to approximately 25 per cent of their bodies.
The former was also suffering from smoke inhalation and both remained in a serious condition.