At least 14 people were killed and 35 injured on Friday after a fire broke out in a nightclub in Thailand.
The fire started at about 1 AM in the Mountain B nightclub in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, southeast of Bangkok.
Police Colonel Wuttipong Somjai said the fire swept through the nightclub during a live music performance, and burn injuries in victims varied from “mild to serious.”
Somjai added that all those who died in the fire incident were Thai nationals, and one of them was a 17-year-old, the youngest fatality currently identified.
Thai police are currently investigating the details of the fire incident.
Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation officials said flammable acoustic foam on the Mountain B nightclub’s walls may have increased the speed at which the fire spread through the venue.
Nattanit Pikulkaew, a witness to the incident, said she was at the Mountain B nightclub celebrating her brother’s birthday and was near the stage when a woman ran in yelling that the roof was on fire.
“Within no time, the fire had spread to the ceiling… I saw people trying to break the glass walls, but they were too thick,” Pikulkaew said.
Pikulkaew’s brother suffered severe burns and is in critical condition, and her brother’s friend died inside the Mountain B nightclub.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday that families of the victims would receive government assistance and urged entertainment venues across Thailand to install proper emergency exits and safety measures.
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