Night of terror: At least 13 dead in nightclub fire in Thailand |  Video

At least 13 people died and 35 were injured when a fire broke out in a nightclub in the province of Chonburi in eastern Thailandearly this Friday, the Thai police reported.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and so far all the victims have been identified as Thai nationals, police said.

A separate statement from the Chonburi emergency service described 14 of the injured people as being in serious condition.

the fire in the Mountain B nightclubabout 180 kilometers southeast of the capital Bangkok, started around 01:00 local time, he told Reuters by phone Wuttipong Somjai, superintendent of a local police station.

Local television footage showed people fleeing the fire and to emergency workers putting out the flames and peering through the burning facility, with shoes and bottles strewn on the ground.

A witness who called herself Nana told local television that she was with five friends when the fire broke out at the scene.

“I saw flames on the stage, on the right side. I think it was around the same time that the singer on stage also saw it and he yelled ‘fire!’“, he told the broadcaster PPTV. “I saw a lot of the pub bouncers covered in fire from the inside.”

The incident occurs 13 years after pyrotechnics started a fire at a New Year’s party at the busy Santika nightclub in Bangkok, killing 66 people.

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Investigations into that fire found several key breaches at the club, official corruption, and revealed lax attitudes towards safety in entertainment venues at the time.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha assured Friday the families of the victims who would receive help from the authorities and urged entertainment venues across the country to ensure they have proper emergency exits and security measures.

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