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Fourteen dead in a fire at a nightclub in Thailand

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At least 14 people died in Thailand in the fire at a nightclub near the tourist city of Pattaya (east), on the night of Thursday to Friday, one of the deadliest incidents since 2009 that calls into question the respect of the rules security in this Asian country.

A new balance of local rescuers reported a new victim after the 13 previously announced, a total of four women and ten men.

They were between 17 and 49 years old, all of them Thai. “There are no foreigners among the dead,” police Lt. Col. Boonsong Yingyong told AFP by telephone.

There were also some 40 injured, of whom more than a dozen were seriously affected.

The fire broke out around 1:00 a.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT) at the Mountain B club in the Sattahip district, near the coastal town of Pattaya, about 180 kilometers from the capital, Bangkok.

The fire was contained three hours later, a member of the Sawang Rojanathammasathan Foundation rescue team told AFP.

The acoustic foam that covered the walls, supposedly to isolate the building from outside noise, favored the spread of the flames and complicated the task of firefighters, rescuers said in a statement.

A video they shared shows the burning building, from which several people are trying to escape, with their clothes on fire, amid thick black smoke.

In other images released by the Thai media, you can see the burned-out interior of the nightclub, where the tables and chairs lie on the floor.

Several hours after the fire, the one-story building was inspected by engineers for fear the roof might collapse.

“I was under the impression that there was a short circuit behind the DJ, and less than a minute later there was a power cut,” explained Chalit Chotisupakarn, who managed to escape.

“I ran to the entrance. I couldn’t see anything, everything was dark. Everybody was yelling ‘Get out, get out,'” he added with one arm in a sling.

One of the victims was the singer of the band that was playing at the club that night, his mother told local media. “I don’t know what to say. Death came suddenly,” Premjai Sae-Oung told reporters.

“Last night I asked the relevant agencies to investigate and expedite compensation and support for victims,” ​​said Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha.

He also advocated a tightening of security standards, highlighting the negative image of this tragedy abroad for the country’s tourist attraction.

Home Minister Anupong Paochinda told reporters that Mountain B was operating as an entertainment venue “without authorization.”

The owner had not received approval from the authorities for his establishment, registered as a restaurant, to serve as a nightclub, said Sompong Chingduang, deputy commissioner of the Thai police.

Weak health and safety measures in Thailand’s countless bars and nightclubs have long been a concern.

A fire broke out at a New Year’s party in 2009 at Bangkok’s Santika club, killing 67 people and injuring more than 200.

More recently, in 2012, four people died in a fire caused by an electrical fault in a club on the island of Phuket, one of the most popular tourist spots in the country.

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