Fire at Chon Buri pub kills 14, injures 38

Fire at Chon Buri pub kills 14, injures 38

Flames engulf the Mountain B pub in Sattahip district of Chon Buri around 1am on Friday. (Photo: Sawang Rojana Thammasathan Foundation)
Flames engulf the Mountain B pub in Sattahip district of Chon Buri around 1am on Friday. (Photo: Sawang Rojana Thammasathan Foundation)

CHON BURI: Fourteen people were killed and 38 others were reported injured by a fire at a crowded pub in Sattahip district early Friday morning.

Video showed people running for safety and screaming as flames and smoke billowed from the building. Some were seen running with their bodies engulfed in flames.

Ten men and four women died in the fire. Four charred bodies were found in front of the one-storey pub building, three in a men's restroom, one at a DJ booth and five at a cashier's booth.

Pol Col Wuttipong Somjai, Phlu Ta Luang police chief, said all victims were believed to be Thai nationals.

Mountain B covers more than three rai of land and is located on Sukhumvit Road in Sattahip.

Eyewitnesses said they heard two explosions near the DJ's booth and saw sparks that ignited soundproofing foam, and the fire spread quickly.

Pub supervisor Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran, 26, said she saw the flames on the roof and that she and the security guards tried to guide customers out through the front door.

The Chon Buri police commander, Pol Maj Gen Atthasit Kitjahan, said earlier that about 40 people were injured in the blaze. The figure was later revised down to 38. Officials initially said eight were severely injured with burns all over their bodies.

The pub opened about a month ago and is popular with young local people. The fire erupted when customers were enjoying live music, leading to a stampede for safety. 

The blaze is reminiscent of the Santika pub fire in Bangkok during the New Year's Eve countdown to Jan 1, 2009. Sixty-six people were killed and more than 200 others injured then.

Firefighters battle the blaze at the Mountain B pub in Sattahip district of Chon Buri, early Friday. (Photo: Sawang Rojana Thammasathan Foundation)


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