Thailand’s prime minister on Friday ordered an investigation into a massive fire that struck a nightclub, killing at least 14 people.
The fire broke out around 1:00 am (1800 GMT on Thursday) at Mountain B nightspot in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Bangkok.
Charit Chotispakan, who escaped with burns to his arms and torso, described panic and desperation as people struggled to get out of the building.
“I just pushed and pushed. There was a person whose whole body was on fire.”
The blaze was accelerated by combustible acoustic foam in the walls of the club, and it took firefighters more than three hours to bring it under control, according to the service.
The dead, four women and 10 men, were mostly crowded near the entrance and in the bathroom.
“There have been no deaths related to foreigners,” Lieutenant Inspector Boonsong Inyong of the Puru Ta Luang Police Station, which oversees the fire area, told AFP by telephone.
One of the victims was a singer with a band playing at the club, his mother told local media.
She was told by a musician friend who had managed to escape that a fire had started in front of the band and had spread rapidly.
Police are investigating whether the single-story building had an emergency staircase, and engineers are inspecting buildings that are in danger of collapsing.
Sompong Chingduang, deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said the owner was under investigation for allegedly changing the venue from a restaurant to a nightclub without permission.
In 2009, a massive hell erupted at a New Year’s Eve party at Bangkok’s trendy Santika Club, killing 67 people and injuring more than 200.
More recently, four people died in a 2012 fire caused by an electrical fault at a club on the holiday island of Phuket, which attracts foreign tourists.
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