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At least 13 people have been killed and 35 injured in a fire at a nightclub in Thailand

At least 13 people have been killed and 35 injured in a fire at a nightclub in Thailand
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BANGKOK – At least 13 people were killed and 35 injured in a fire at a nightclub in Thailand’s eastern Chonburi province early Friday, a police official said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and so far all the dead have been identified as Thai nationals, police said. A separate statement from Chonburi emergency services described 14 as critical.

The fire at the Mountain B nightclub, about 111 miles southeast of the capital Bangkok, started around 1:00 a.m. local time, Uttipong Somjai, superintendent of the local police station, told Reuters by phone.

Firefighters work to put out a fire at Mountain B nightclub in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand on August 5, 2022.
Firefighters work to put out a fire at Mountain B nightclub in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand on August 5, 2022.
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This handout photo taken on Aug. 5, 2022 and released by Sawang Rojanathamsathan Rescue Foundation shows rescue workers inside the Mountain Bee nightclub after a fire in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand
Rescue workers search inside the Mountain B nightclub after a fire broke out in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand.
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Chotitsupakorn, a survivor of the Mountain B nightclub fire, speaks with authorities outside the destroyed site (background) in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand, on August 5, 2022.
Chotsupakarn, a survivor of the Mountain B nightclub fire, speaks with authorities outside the wreckage.
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Local TV footage showed people fleeing the blaze and emergency workers putting out the flames and looking through the charred premises, with shoes and bottles strewn across the ground.

An eyewitness named Nana told local TV that he was with five friends when the fire broke out at the venue.

“I saw flames above the stage, to the right. I think the singer on stage saw it around the same time and he yelled ‘Fire!’ And threw the mic at it,” he told broadcaster PPTV. “I saw a lot of bouncers in the pub engulfed in flames.”

The fire caused extensive damage to the interior of the Mountain Bee Pub in Sattahip District, Chonburi Province, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Bangkok, Thailand.
Mountain B Pub in Chonburi Province’s Sattahip District suffered major damage in an internal fire.
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This handout photo taken on August 5, 2022 and released by the Sawang Rojanathamasathan Rescue Foundation shows rescue workers inside the Mountain Bee nightclub after a fire in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand.  - At least 13 people were killed and 40 injured in a fire at a nightclub in Thailand early on August 5, a rescue official said.
At least 13 people died in the fire, according to Thai officials.
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The incident comes 13 years after arsonists set fire to a New Year’s party at Bangkok’s crowded Santika nightclub, killing 66 people. An investigation into that fire revealed a number of key breaches at the club, official corruption and a lax attitude towards security in entertainment venues at the time.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday assured the victims’ families that they would receive help from the authorities and urged entertainment venues nationwide to ensure proper emergency exits and security arrangements.

Forensic officers enter the Mountain Bee nightclub where at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured after a fire broke out early Friday in Chonburi province, Thailand, August 5, 2022.
Forensic officers entered the Mountain B nightclub where at least 35 people were injured.
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The destroyed facade of Mountain B nightclub is pictured after a deadly fire in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Thailand on August 5, 2022.
The facade of a nightclub is significantly charred after a devastating fire in Thailand’s Chonburi province.
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