At least 15 dead in huge fire in Thai nightclub

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Flammable acoustic foam on the walls of the club accelerated the fire.

Bangkok:

The number of victims of a massive fire that swept through a Thai nightclub rose to 15 on Saturday, a rescue service said.

The fire broke out around 01:00 AM (1800 GMT Thursday) at Mountain B nightclub in the Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok.

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The Sawang Rojanathammasathan Rescue Foundation said on Saturday that one more man had died, bringing the death toll to 15.

Most of the others who died – four women and 10 men – were found crowded at the entrance and in the bathroom, their bodies badly burned, the agency said.

They were between 17 and 49 years old. They are all Thai.

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Some of the victims’ relatives have traveled to Bangkok to collect the bodies of their loved ones after being examined by forensic experts.

Flammable acoustic foam on the walls of the club accelerated the blaze and it took firefighters more than three hours to get it under control, the rescue service said Friday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered an investigation into the tragedy.

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Police said on Friday they were investigating reports that some of the nightclub’s doors were locked at the time of the fire.

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