At least 13 people were killed and over 40 injured when a massive fire broke out Friday morning at a crowded nightclub in eastern Thailand, police announced.
A video circulating on social media showed people fleeing the pub while thick black smoke billowed from the door and then the club’s entrance was suddenly engulfed in flames.
The incident took place at the Mountain B nightspot in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 160km (100 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Provincial police chief Major General Atthasit Kijjahan stated that the cause of fire is under investigation.
“The fire started at the top right corner of the stage,” a witness identified only as Nana told PPTV. “The singer must have seen it too, so he shouted ‘fire’ and threw away the microphone.”
“I am quite shocked. But I am lucky that when I saw the fire, I could get myself together and get out of there,” she said, adding that she saw several pub security guards with their clothing on fire.
A waitress at the venue, Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran, also told Thai television reporters that she saw smoke near the stage.
“I shouted ‘fire’ to customers, and I was near the doors, so I directed them out. I kept shouting ‘fire, fire’ and the security guards were also helping lead people out,” the woman added.