People running screaming outside the nightclub as flames erupt from the building.
So far, at least 13 people have been killed and 40 others injured in a nightclub fire in Chonburi province, located about 15 kilometers south of Bangkok.
It is said that the walls of the nightclub were covered with so-called sound-absorbing foam, which accelerated the spread of the flames. The firefighters did not control the fire until three hours after it broke out.
The dead, four women and nine men, were found badly burned around the entrance and next to the toilets. Police said, according to Reuters, that all the victims have so far been identified as Thai citizens.
The fire reportedly broke out during a live show at the nightclub, but the cause of the fire remains unknown. A witness told a local TV channel that she was with five of her friends when the fire broke out, Reuters reported.
– I saw flames above the stage. I think it was around the same time that the singer saw him on stage as well and shouted “Fire!”.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Friday urged entertainment venues across the country to ensure there are emergency exits and proper security measures.
There have always been shortcomings in the approach to health and safety regulations in Thailand.
On New Year’s Eve 2009, the Santika Club in Bangkok turned into a fiery inferno, killing 67 people and injuring more than 200 others.
The fire broke out after fireworks erupted in connection with a party in a nightclub. The owner was sentenced to three years in prison for the fire.
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