Belgrade: Six teenagers have died trying to escape a fire that engulfed a nightclub in northern Serbia, police said on Sunday.
"One of them was just half a meter from an exit," said senior police official Predrag Maric. "There must have been huge panic, they all rushed to get out."
The fire in the Contrast disco in the northern city of Novi Sad broke out around the stage area during a live performance around 2 am (0000 GMT), Predrag said. It quickly spread as some 350 people rushed to the exits in an attempt to flee the blaze.
He said that the victims were three boys and three girls, aged 17 to 18 years old, who most likely choked to death.
Two more people were injured, but their lives are not in danger, doctors said.
Maric said an investigation is underway to determine what caused the fire, adding that the "responsibility for the tragedy must be established”.
Authorities in Novi Sad said a day of mourning will be declared for the victims. Serbia`s President Boris Tadic has expressed condolences to the families in a statement.