Thailand nightclub fire death toll rises to 17

Thailand: death toll from nightclub fire soars 17 dead

MISE À DAY

The death toll from a nightclub fire near the tourist city of Pattaya, one of the deadliest in Thailand in recent years, has risen to 17, said a local group of rescuers on Thursday. 

“The 17th victim is a 40-year-old naval officer,” rescuers from Sattahip district (east) announced on Facebook, citing the burn unit at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, where she died.

The incident occurred on the night of last Thursday to Friday at “Mountain B”, a nightclub about 180 kilometers south-east of the capital.

An initial assessment of the emergency services had made state of 13 deaths on the spot and about forty wounded. Four other people later succumbed to their injuries.

Authorities in Chonburi province, where the tragedy took place, said Thursday that 29 people were still in hospital, including 15 on life support .

The owner of the establishment was arrested on Saturday, before a court released him on bail on Monday.

The presence on the walls of acoustic foam, supposed to isolate the building from outside noise, favored the spread of the fire, according to the rescuers.

According to the first elements of the police investigation, the “Mountain B” had received approval from the authorities to operate as a restaurant, but not as a nightclub. night.

Her owner denied in a press conference the allegations that an emergency exit had been locked that evening.

Elementary safety rules are frequently ignored in Thailand, a popular destination for Western and Asian visitors.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha pleaded on Friday for tougher safety standards, highlighting the negative image that the fire sent back abroad.

On New Year's Eve on January 1, 2009 in Bangkok, a fire in a he nightclub, the “Santika”, had killed 67 people.