Nightclub Fire In Thailand Claims 13 Lives, Injures 40

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At least 13 people were killed and 40 were injured early on Friday when a fire ravaged a Thai nightclub, a rescue services spokesman said.

On Thursday, at about 1:00 a.m. (1800 GMT), a fire broke out inside the Mountain B nightclub in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, some 150 km (90 miles) south of Bangkok, a representative of the Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

Video footage posted by the rescue service showed desperate revelers fleeing the club screaming, their clothes ablaze, as a huge fire raged in the background.

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According to the agency, flammable acoustic foam on the club walls intensified the fire, and it took firemen more than three hours to put it out.

Four women and nine men were found dead, largely crammed together at the door and in the restroom, with severely charred remains, according to the emergency services.

It’s thought that all of the victims are Thai.

“There is not death related to foreigners,” police lieutenant colonel Boonsong Yingyong of the Phlu Ta Luang police station, which oversees the area where the blaze occurred, told AFP by phone.

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Concerns have long been expressed regarding Thailand’s lackadaisical attitude toward health and safety rules, notably in its numerous pubs and nightclubs.

In 2009, a major flame erupted at a New Year’s Eve party at Bangkok’s posh Santika club, killing 67 people and injuring over 200.

The proprietor of Santika was sentenced to three years in prison for the fire, which started when pyrotechnics were let off as a rock band called Burn performed on stage.

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Source: NDTV

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