A total of 13 people have died and at least 41 have been injured in a fire during the early hours of Friday at a nightclub in the district of Sattahip, in the province of Chonburi, 160 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, as reported by the teams of bailing out.
The fire, whose causes are still being investigated, started around 1:25 a.m. on Friday – 8:25 p.m. this Thursday, Spanish time – at the Mountain B nightclub, according to the Sattahip district rescue teams, who have pointed out that the fatalities are four women and nine men. All the injured have been taken to a provincial hospital.
The firefighters have indicated in a statement that they needed more than two hours to calm the fire due to the large amount of flammable material inside the premises, such as air conditioners and the acoustic insulation that covered the entire nightclub. From the Thai public television TPBS they have indicated that the back door of the premises could have remained closed.
The videos published by the rescue teams show the premises devoured by huge flames and dozens of people fleeing the devastating fire.
Several witnesses have described to Thai television PPTV seeing smoke and fire on the roof near the venue's stage, followed by the loud sound of explosions. "The fire has started in the upper right corner of the stage," a witness identified only as Nana told PPTV. "The singer must have seen it too, so he started yelling 'fire!' and dropped the mic."
"I was shocked, but I'm lucky that when I saw the fire I was able to get out of there," added Nana, noting that in her flight she has seen several nightclub security guards with their clothes on fire.
For her part, a local waitress, Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran, has also explained to Thai television reporters that she has seen smoke near the stage. "Then I yelled 'fire' at the customers and since I was close to the doors, I was able to get out quickly. Security guards have helped get people out of the nightclub as quickly as possible,” she added.
One of Thailand's deadliest fires in recent decades was that of a nightclub in its capital, Bangkok, during a New Year's Eve celebration from 2008 to 2009, when 66 people died and more than 200 were injured.
That Santika nightclub fire also started on the ceiling above a stage, apparently sparked by a fireworks display inside. Toxic smoke filled the venue as the entire club went up in flames.