Fire at Mountain B pub in Thailand leaves at least 13 dead

Fire at Mountain B pub in Thailand leaves at least 13 dead

At least 13 people died and dozens more were injuries due to a fire registered in the early hours of Friday in a busy nightlife spot in eastern thailandaccording to police and rescue teams.

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In a video that circulated on social networks could be seen people fleeing the premises as a dense cloud of black smoke billowed out of the door, and then the entrance through which patrons escape was suddenly engulfed in flames. Some of their clothes were on fire as they left the club. According to rescuers, more than three dozen people were injured.

The cause of the fire that swept through the Mountain B pub in Sattahipa district in Chonburi province, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Bangkok, was being investigated explained the region’s police chief, Major General Atthasit Kijjahan, in statements to the PPTV television station. The business owner and workers were giving evidence at a police station and a forensic police team will collect evidence at the scene, he added. The fire was reported around 12:45 a.m., police said.

Several witnesses reported seeing smoke and fire on the ceiling near the stage, followed by the sound of explosions. A local DJ, who did not identify himself by name, told PPTV that The flames spread rapidly in about a minute, when he heard the sound of an explosion that shattered the windows.

Atthasit indicated that the club had three entrances: one in the front, on the side near the cash register for unloading merchandise, and one in the back. Thai public broadcaster TPBS reported that the back used to be locked.

The pub was clad in flammable soundproofing and firefighters took two hours to put out the fireManop Theprith, from a private emergency services group, told the television station. His group noted that the number of injured amounted to 40 people.

Fire at the Mountain B pub in Thailand leaves at least 13 dead. PHOTO Reuters

With AP information



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