Drama of the highest order in Chonburi, fierce fire in nightlife kills 13, injures 40
At least 14 people were killed and 41 others injured in a fire in a busy pub in Sattahip, a few miles from the seaside town of Pattaya this early Friday morning.
According to the Sawang Rojana Thammasathan foundation, the scorching fire started around 1 a.m. as guests at the Mountain B pub were seeking entertainment.
Video footage shows people running for safety and screaming as flames and smoke billowed from the building. Several people ran burning out of the pub in total panic.
Nine men and four women died in the fire. Four charred bodies were found outside the one-storey cafe building, three in a men’s room, one at a DJ booth and five at a cash register.
Colonel Wuttipong Somjai, chief of police at Phlu Ta Luang Police Station, said all the victims were Thai nationals.
The Mountain B pub occupies about three rai grounds and is located on Sukhumvit Road in the Sattahip district.
Eyewitnesses said they heard two explosions near the DJ booth and saw sparks that ignited sound-damping foam, before the fire spread in an instant.
A 26-year-old pub manager, Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran, said she saw flames boil over the roof of the pub and security personnel tried to lead the guests out the front door.
Chonburi Police Commander Major General Atthasit Kitjahan said about 40 people were injured in the blaze, eight of them very seriously with burns all over their bodies.
The property opened about a month ago and is popular with young locals. The fire broke out while customers were enjoying music, triggering a rush for safety.
This fire reminds me of the Santika pub fire in Bangkok during New Year’s Eve until January 1, 2009. Sixty-six people were killed and more than 200 others were injured.
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