August 12, 2022

At least 13 people were killed and 35 others injured when a fire broke out in a nightclub in eastern Thailand’s Chonburi province early Friday morning, a police official said.

The cause of the fire is unknown. Police said all the victims have so far been identified as Thai citizens.

Rescue personnel work inside the Mountain Bay nightclub after a fire in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, Thailand, on August 5, 2022.Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue / AFP – Getty Images

Wutipong Somjay, a supervisor at a local police station, told Reuters by phone that the fire at the Mountain Bee nightclub, about 180 kilometers southeast of the capital Bangkok, started around 1 a.m. local time. Workers put out the flames, looking at the burning buildings, shoes and bottles scattered on the ground.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha assured the families of the victims that they would receive assistance from the authorities and urged entertainment venues across the country to ensure proper emergency exits and safety measures.

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