A fire in a music bar has killed at least 14 people in Thailand, including a band singer

Thailand’s prime minister on Friday ordered an investigation into an enormous hearth that devastated a crowded music bar, killing at the least 14 folks – together with a singer who was performing when the hearth broke out close to the stage.

The fireplace broke out round 1 a.m. on the Mountain Bay nightclub in Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 90 miles southeast of Bangkok.

Video footage launched by the rescue service confirmed the determined revelers fleeing the membership screaming with their garments on hearth as an enormous hearth raged within the background.

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Vital hearth harm stuffed the inside of the Mountain B pub within the Sattahip district of Chonburi Province, about 160 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Shalit Chutisupakarn, who survived with burns to his arms and torso, described scenes of panic and desperation as folks struggled to get out of the constructing.

“I could not see something, it was all darkish. Everybody was shouting ‘Get out!'” Get out! “All of us needed to attempt to get out,” he instructed reporters.

“I simply pushed and pressed. There have been folks on hearth throughout their our bodies.”

The Sawang Roganathamastan Rescue Basis mentioned 14 folks have been killed and about 40 injured.

Waitress Thanapat Sorensuanhiran, the waitress on the venue, instructed Thai TV reporters that she noticed smoke close to the stage.

“I shouted ‘hearth,’ to the shoppers, and I used to be close to the doorways, so I pointed them exterior. I saved screaming ‘hearth, hearth’ and the safety guards have been additionally serving to to get folks out,” she mentioned.

The service mentioned the hearth was accelerated by flammable acoustic foam on the membership’s partitions, and it took greater than three hours for firefighters to manage it.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha provided his condolences to the households of the victims and mentioned he had ordered an investigation into the hearth.

The service mentioned the lifeless – 4 girls and ten males – have been discovered crammed largely on the entrance and within the toilet, their our bodies badly burned.

They have been between the ages of 17 and 49 they usually have been all believed to be Thai.

“There aren’t any deaths associated to foreigners,” police lieutenant colonel Bunsong Ying Yong of the Flo Ta Luang police station, which oversees the realm the place the hearth occurred, instructed AFP by telephone.

His mom instructed native media that one of many victims was the singer of the band that performs within the membership.

“I do not know what to say. The demise got here abruptly,” Premjay Sai Ong instructed reporters.

She mentioned a musician good friend who managed to flee instructed her that the hearth broke out in entrance of the band and unfold rapidly.

“The fireplace began within the higher proper nook of the platform,” a witness recognized solely as Nana instructed BBTV. The singer will need to have seen it too, so he shouted ‘hearth’ and threw the microphone away.

Images of the fallout confirmed how the flames turned the inside of the membership into blackened wreckage, with charred metallic frames of furnishings scattered among the many ashes.

Police are investigating whether or not constructing fires are within the one-story constructing and engineers are analyzing the constructing amid fears it might collapse.

Inside Minister Anupong Paochinda instructed reporters it appeared that Mountain Bay was working “with out permission” to operate as an leisure venue.

Sompong Chengduang, an assistant commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, mentioned the proprietor was beneath investigation for apparently altering the venue from a restaurant to a nightclub with out permission.

Issues have lengthy been raised about Thailand’s lax method to well being and security rules, significantly within the numerous bars and nightclubs.

An enormous inferno erupted at a New Yr’s Eve social gathering on the luxurious Santika Membership in Bangkok in 2009, killing 67 folks and injuring greater than 200.

Santika’s proprietor was imprisoned for 3 years over the hearth that began when fireworks went off whereas a rock band referred to as Byrne was taking part in on stage.

In 2016, a nighttime hearth broke out in a dormitory at a Christian main faculty in northern Thailand Killed at the least 17 ladies.

Extra just lately, 4 folks have been killed in a hearth brought on by {an electrical} failure at a membership on the vacationer island of Phuket, a magnet for international vacationers, in 2012.

The Related Press contributed to this report.