At least fourteen revelers have been killed and dozens injured after a horrific fire broke out in a nightclub in Thailand.
Shocking footage showed panicked party-goers covered in flames as they fled the scene at the Mountain B bar in Sattahip, Chonburi Province, about 40 kilometers from the popular tourist city of Pattaya, according to The Sun newspaper.
Hell broke into the building shortly before one o’clock on Friday morning.
Revelers – including a number of tourists – were trapped inside the one-story building and burned alive as screaming guests rushed to escape.
Among the victims was singer Chachai Chunka, 30, who was performing with his band at the time.
Officials were searching the charred rubble of the building on Friday morning, to find out the cause of the fire.
Thai police said a number of bodies were found next to the DJ booth, which is believed to have been the site of the two explosions.
They added that the flames spread quickly because the building was lined with highly flammable soundproof foam.
More than 20 fire trucks, police and ambulances have arrived at the scene. At least 40 people were injured and taken to hospital.
Police Colonel Bunsong Yingyeong, deputy investigator at the district Phlu Ta Luang police station, said: “A little before 1 am an emergency call was received to inform us that there was a fire in a bar and several people were killed and injured.
“There were people who were burnt running out of the building.
“It was difficult to control the fire because inside the building there were highly flammable objects, especially sound-absorbing foam solutions.”
Police Major-General Atasit Kechan, Chonburi District Police Chief, said the owner, Mrs. Thanippat Surnsowanheran, told him that the fire started on the roof before quickly spreading downwards.
Many of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation while others were injured while fleeing the building.
Officials said it took about three hours to get the fire under control. Police and firefighters are now investigating the cause.
This comes more than a decade after a fire broke out at the Santika Club in Ekkamai district in Bangkok, killing 66 people in 2009.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is republished with permission
Originally published as 14 dead and dozens injured in a nightclub inferno in Mount B in Chonburi, Thailand