Tomas Ceidukas, a Studio 338 staffer hospitalized in yesterday's blaze, has died at age 28.
The club caught fire on Monday in what turned out to be a devastating inferno that has rendered the London nightclub structurally unsafe as fire crews work on the site 24 hours later. Tomas was the only victim of the fire, airlifted to hospital yesterday in critical condition from severe burns, and passed away Tuesday evening. The Evening Standard reported that he was helping people escape the building before being trapped by smoke and flames.
There's still no word on the cause of the fire—14 people were arrested yesterday on suspicion of arson, but all were released without charge.
Our thoughts go out to the team at Studio 338 and we ask the dance music community to bear with them at this tough time. You can read the venue's full statement below.
Our hearts are smashed and broken. 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.
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 devasted to lose him like this. Everything we do from now on is for you our brother.