13 Killed, 40 Injured In Thailand Nightclub Fire

13 dead, 40 injured in Thailand nightclub fire

At least 13 people were killed in the fire.

Bangkok:

A fire tore through a Thai nightclub early Friday, killing at least 13 people and injuring 40, a rescue official said.

The fire broke out at around 1:00 AM (1800 GMT Thursday) at the Mountain B nightclub in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of Bangkok, an official from the Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation said. to AFP on condition of anonymity. .

Rescue video footage shows desperate revelers fleeing the club screaming, their clothes ablaze, while a huge fire rages in the background.

The service said the fire was accelerated by combustible acoustic foam on the walls of the club, and it took firefighters more than three hours to get it under control.

The dead – four women and nine men – were mostly found crowded at the entrance and in the bathroom, their bodies badly burned, the agency said.

All victims would be Thai.

“There is no death related to foreigners,” Police Lieutenant Colonel Boonsong Yingyong of Phlu Ta Luang Police Station, which oversees the area where the fire took place, told AFP by phone.

Concerns have long been raised about Thailand’s lax approach to health and safety regulations, particularly in its countless bars and nightclubs.

A massive inferno broke out at a New Year’s Eve party at Bangkok’s swanky Santika club in 2009, killing 67 and injuring more than 200.

The owner of the Santika was sentenced to three years in prison for the fire, which started when fireworks were set off when a rock band called Burn played on stage.

More recently, in 2012, four people were killed in a fire caused by an electrical failure at a club on the holiday island of Phuket, a magnet for foreign tourists.

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