Honolulu, Hawaii 2022-08-05 02:55:00 –
BANGKOK >> At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured when a fire broke out in a crowded music pub in eastern Thailand early Friday morning, police and rescue workers said.
A video circulating on social media showed people fleeing the pub, thick black smoke billowing out the door, and then the entrance through which people were fleeing suddenly burst into flames. It was on fire. Rescue workers said more than 30 people were injured.
The cause of the fire at Mountain B Pub in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Bangkok, is under investigation, provincial police Major General Atassit Kijahan told PPTV TV News.He said the pub owner and staff made a statement at the police station and a police forensics team would collect evidence at the scene. Police said the fire was reported around 12:45 a.m.
Several witnesses described seeing smoke and fire in the ceiling near the stage of the venue, followed by the sound of an explosion.
“The fire started in the upper right corner of the stage,” an eyewitness, identified only by Nana, told PPTV. ”
“I’m pretty shocked. But when I saw the fire, I was lucky enough to pull myself together and get out of it,” she said, referring to the pub security guard whose clothes were on fire. He added that he saw several
Venue waitress Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran also told a Thai TV reporter that she saw smoke near the stage.
“I yelled ‘fire’ to the guests and they were by the door so I let them out. I kept yelling ‘fire, fire’ and the guards were also helping to direct people.” she said.
Police Chief Atassit said the club has three entrances. The front, the side near the cashier for unloading goods, and the back. Thai public television station TPBS reported that back doors are often locked.
An anonymous pub DJ told PPTV that the fire spread rapidly in about a minute when he heard an explosion shattering windows.
The pub was covered in flammable sound deadening material and it took firefighters two hours to extinguish the fire, Manop Teplis of the private emergency services group told the station. His group said 40 people were injured.
One of Thailand’s deadliest fires in decades took place at a nightclub in the capital Bangkok during the 2008-09 New Year’s Eve celebrations, killing 66 people and injuring more than 200. injured. Fires at Santika Nightclub also emanate from the ceiling above the stage and are apparently ignited by an indoor fireworks display. The entire club caught fire and toxic fumes flooded the venue.
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