Thailand nightclub fire – At least 14 dead in club hell as tourists trapped in burning building after ‘explosions’
At least fourteen revelers have been killed and dozens injured after a devastating fire ripped through a nightclub in Thailand.
Shocking footage shows panicked revelers covered in flames fleeing the Mountain B bar scene in Sattahip, Chonburi province, about 25 miles from the popular tourist city of Pattaya.
Hell ripped through the building shortly before 1 a.m. Friday morning.
Partygoers – including a number of tourists – were trapped inside the one-story building and burned to death as other screaming guests rushed to escape.
One of the victims was singer Chatchai Chuenkha, 30, who was performing with his band at the time.
On Friday morning, officials were searching through the charred remains of the building to find the cause of the fire.
Thai police said a number of bodies were found next to the DJ booth, which was believed to be where the two explosions occurred.
The flames spread quickly because the building was covered in highly flammable sound-dampening foam, they added.
More than 20 fire engines along with police and ambulances arrived at the scene. At least 40 people were injured and taken to hospital.
Police Colonel Boonsong Yingyong, assistant investigator at Phlu Ta Luang area police station, said: “An emergency call was received shortly before 1 a.m. informing us that there had been a fire in a pub and that several people had been killed and injured.
“There were people who were burned running out of the building.
“The fire was difficult to control because inside the building were highly flammable items, including sound deadening foam solutions.”
Police Major General Atthasit Kitchahan, commander of the Chonburi Provincial Police, said the owner, Ms Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran, told him the fire started on the roof before quickly spreading downward.
Several of the injured suffered the effects of smoke inhalation while others were injured as they escaped the building.
Officials said it took about three hours to bring the fire under control. Police and firefighters are currently investigating the cause.
It comes more than a decade after a fire at the Santika Club in the Ekkamai district of the capital Bangkok killed 66 people in 2009.