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Authorities say at least 13 people were killed and dozens injured when a fire broke out at a crowded nightclub in eastern Thailand early Friday morning.
It happened at the Mountain B nightclub in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, southeast of Bangkok.
The fire broke out around 1 a.m. local time. Thai authorities have yet to determine the cause of the deadly fire. All of the victims have been identified as Thai nationals.
A witness named Nana said she was at the scene with her friends when the fire started.
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“I saw flames above the stage on the right side. I think it was around the same time the singer on stage saw it too and he shouted ‘fire!’ and threw the mic at him,” she told local television.
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“I saw a lot of bouncers from the pub covered in fire inside,” she added.
Local television video showed people fleeing the blaze as workers tried to douse the flames. Several people’s clothes were on fire as they left the pub. Footage also captured shoes and bottles strewn across the floor.
A pub DJ told reporters he heard the sound of an explosion and broken windows.
The pub was lined with flammable soundproofing and it took firefighters two hours to extinguish the blaze.
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Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha released a statement saying authorities would help the families of the victims. He also urged businesses to ensure they have emergency exits and follow proper safety procedures.
Associated Press contributed to this report.