Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Friend battled in vain to save hero nightclub fire victim by dousing flames with bare hands

A heroic nightclub worker spent his final moments trying save people from a huge fire at one of the UK's most famous venues , it has emerged.
Tomas Ceidukas, 28, died in hospital yesterday as a result of injuries he suffered when a blaze broke out at Ibiza-style mega-club Studio 338, in Greenwich, south east London, on Monday.
As tributes poured in for the victim, it emerged Tomas had been helping people leave the venue before he was engulfed in black smoke.
And friend Max Maxi, told how he battled in vain to save his friend by putting out the flames with his bare hands.
On a Facebook tribute page for Tomas, he posted an image of his burn injuries adding: "Just got back from the hospital after seeing my dear Friend , Brother, Son, Tomas on his bed.

"This is my hand burned trying to put the fire off from his body but unfortunately I still couldn't save him! He left a whole in our hearts .
"We love you Tomas and you will always be in my family's hearts and everyone love you deeply ! Rest in peace my angel ! XXXXXXXX"
FacebookMax Maxi pic of burned hand after fire at Studio 338 in Greenwich
Max Maxi posted this image of his burn injuries after the tragedy at Studio 338 nightclub
Police and fire services are continuing to investigate the blaze which ripped through the iconic venue.
Lara Vermont wrote on Facebook: "The shock of what happened yesterday huge.
"So many of us have such great memories of the amazing times we've had there.
"To hear the news about Tomas makes it more shocking but more than that, so so sad."
From what I've read, his last moments were spent saving a place that he probably loved.
"We will be back in Studio 338 and when we are, we will be back for Tomas. In the months to come, we will not forget."
And close friend Tiesiog Grecius told the Standard: “He was a help for everyone. That was the kind of guy he was, so brave.”
The club, which has hosted some of the biggest names in music, posted a tribute to Tomas on its Facebook page saying: "Our hearts are smashed and broken."
It went on: "Tomas fought for as long as he could given the extent of his injuries. He was as strong as an Ox but it was too much even for him.
"We are so sad to tell you all that he died a few minutes ago.
Tomas we will see you again and dance together one day. Everything we do from now is for you mate. RIP Tomas
"This picture was taken in Ibiza last year when the whole team went out. He was the happiest guy on the island but instead of spending it off clubbing all the time he stayed with the family and played with the kids by the pool, always making sure everyone was having a great holiday, helping with the food and generally just being Tomas.
"He was so pure and beautiful. An inspiration to us all, always postive, never complaining, working through the night to make sure the parties were the best they could be for you and us.
"We are all so devastated to lose him like this. Everything we do from now on is for you our brother."
@Kent_999s/twitterFamous nightclub Studio 338 bursts into flames
Smoke can be seen for miles
Fire at famous London club Studio 338 in Greenwich
The fire at the famous London club
Dan Perrin added on Facebook: "Heartbroken. Just so unfair that this beautiful young soul can be taken away so suddenly.
"Devastated beyond words by this.
"Tomas you were the first person to shake my hand when i joined the team and gave me a huge smile and made me feel part of the family right away.
"I have never seen anyone work so hard without complaint, be so brave and fearless.
"You were and will always be an inspiration.
"It was such a pleasure to see you behind the decks, with a huge Tomas smile loving the music and finding such joy from the results of your superhuman work.
"Everything we do from now is for you mate."
Fire at famous London club Studio 338 in Greenwich
More than 100 firefighters were drafted in
Fire at famous London club Studio 338 in Greenwich
It's not yet known if anyone has been injured
More than 100 firefighters were drafted out to tackle the huge blaze as the club caught fire on Monday morning.
Fifteen fire engines were also called and and the area was cordoned off due to explosive gas cylinders at the scene.
Fire crews later confirmed a man was rescued from the blaze.
Police initially arrested 14 people on suspicion of arson but they were later released without charge.
Dominic Longley wrote: "Someone I had the privilege of working with last year.
"A true gent and I'm sure someone who touched the lives of many with his humour and kindness. RIP to Tomukas Ceidukas ❤️
Fire at famous London club Studio 338 in Greenwich
The air ambulance was seen at the fire
Fire at famous London club Studio 338 in Greenwich
The super-club has one of the biggest terrace arenas in Europe
The Met said in a statement: "The Health and Safety Executive are working alongside the Metropolitan Police Service to carry out a joint investigation into a fire that resulted in the death of a man.
"Police were called to Boord Street in Greenwich by the London Fire Brigade at 11:55hrs on Monday, 8 August, to reports of a fire in progress.
"London Ambulance Service were also called to the scene.
"A 28-year-old man was taken to an east London hospital. He died in hospital on Tuesday, 9 August.
"Next of kin have now been informed but formal identification has yet to take place.
"Detectives from Greenwich CID are investigating with the Health and Safety Executive.
"At this stage the investigation has yet to establish what caused the fire.
"Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
I can see the North Greenwich fire from the office in Canary Wharf 🔥 
Dramatic footage and pictures from the scene were posted on social media showing the fire billowing into the capital's sky-line.
An industrial warehouse is also completely alight as well as the first floor and part of the ground floor of the club and a scrap paper processing yard.
Studio 338 describes itself as a "cutting-edge electronic music" venue on its Twitter feed.
Ten fire engines are currently at the scene of a fire in Tunnel Avenue . More info soon pic.twitter.com/l70kskQYZy
Its website says: "Music and arts venue based on the Greenwich Peninsula that includes one of the largest terrace arenas in Europe.
"It's open all year round, heated and covered in winter against the elements."

Frequent users of the club said it had been recently refurbished and is known as one of London's best-loved spots for house and techno music, with promoters such as Home, Art Of Dark, Cocoon and Elrow hosting events there

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