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at least 13 people died in Thailand in the fire of a nightclub near the tourist town of Pattaya (East) in the night From Thursday to Friday, one of the deadliest claims since 2009.

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at least 13 people died in Thailand in the fire of a nightclub near the tourist town of Pattaya (East) in The night from Thursday to Friday, one of the deadliest claims since 2009. An assessment of local aid reported 13 dead - four women and nine men - and 41 injured, including 14 serious. Died victims are between 17 and 49 years old. "There are no foreigners" among the deceased, told AFP a police officer at the Phlu Ta Luang Subistrict.

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The fire broke out around one o'clock in the morning (6:00 p.m. GMT), at Mountain B, in the Sattahip district, not far from the seaside resort of Pattaya, about 180 kilometers from the capital Bangkok. The fire was contained around 4 am, a member of the rescue team of the Sawang Rojathammasathan Foundation told AFP. The presence on the walls of acoustic foam, supposed to isolate the building of external noises, favored the spread of fire and complicated the task of the firefighters, the rescuers said in a press release.


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A video they shared shows the building in flames, from which try to escape several people, On fire, in the middle of a thick black smoke. Other images diffused by Thai media show the calcined interior of the nightclub, where the tables and chairs lie on the ground. Several hours after the fire, the one floor building was inspected by engineers, for fear that the roof collapses. One of the deceased victims is the singer of a group who gave a concert that evening.

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"Without authorization"

A friend musician of his son who managed to escape "told me that the fire took near the place where he sang. It happened so quickly because of the foam "Said his Premjai Mother Sae-Oung to the media. "I asked the agencies concerned last night to carry out an investigation and accelerate compensation and support for victims," ​​Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha reacted. "We are going to have to build up standards for traders and authorities, because it is an image (that of the fire, editor's note) that is disseminated around the world," he said. Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda told journalists that Mountain B operated as an entertainment "without authorization".

The basic safety rules are frequently ignored in Thailand, a popular destination for Western and Asian visitors, which recently facilitated the conditions of entry to relaunch tourism, at neutral during the coronavirus pandemic. During New Years Eve on January 1, 2009, a fire in a disco in Bangkok, the Santika, had left 67 dead, including three Singaporeans, a Japanese and a Burma. Many Western tourists had been injured. The fire had taken due to fireworks shot at the time when the rock group "Burn" occurred. The owner of the establishment had been sentenced to negligence to three years in prison, as well as the boss of the company who had installed the fires. In 2012, four people died in the fire of a nightclub in the tourist town of Phukhet (south), caused by an electrical problem.

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