Thirteen people have been killed and thirty-five other people have also been injured after a fire broke out on Friday at a night club in Thailand’s Chonburi province, southeast of the capital Bangkok, a police official said.
Police Colonel Wuttipong Somjai said by telephone that the fire at the Mountain B night club in the Sattahip district had started at about 1:00 a.m (1800 GMT Thursday) and that all the victims that have been identified up to now were Thai nationals.
A separate statement from the Chonburi emergency service described 14 of the injuries as severe.
Local TV footage showed people fleeing the fire and emergency workers putting out flames and looking through the burnt-out premises, with shoes and bottles strewn across the ground.
A witness who went by the name Nana said she was with five friends when the fire broke out at the venue.
“I saw flames above the stage, on the right side. I think it was about the same time at the singer on stage saw it too and he shouted ‘fire!’ and threw the mic at it,” she said. “I saw a lot of the pub’s bouncers covered in fire inside.”
The Mountain B had only opened just over a month before the incident, according to local media.
The one-story venue is located on Sukhumvit Road, a famous motorway which connects Bangkok to the areas to the resort town of Pattaya and is populated by a number of bars and hotels.