14 dead, dozens injured in Mountain B nightclub inferno in Chonburi, Thailand

At least fourteen revellers have been killed and dozens were injured after a horror fire ripped through a nightclub in Thailand.

Shocking footage showed panicked partygoers covered in flames fleeing the scene at the Mountain B bar in Sattahip, Chonburi province, about 40km from the popular tourist town of Pattaya, The Sun reports.

The inferno ripped through the building shortly before 1am on Friday morning.

Revellers – including a number of tourists – were trapped inside the one-storey building and burned alive as other screaming guests rushed to escape.

One of the casualties was the singer Chatchai Chuenkha, 30, who was performing with his band at the time.

Officials were searching through the charred remains of the building on Friday morning, to find the cause of the blaze.

Thai police said that a number of dead bodies were found next to the DJ booth, which is believed to have been where the two explosions happened.

The flames spread rapidly because the building was lined with highly flammable sound-insulating foam, they added.

More than 20 fire trucks along with police and ambulances arrived at the venue. At least 40 people were injured and taken to hospital.

Police Colonel Boonsong Yingyong, the deputy investigator at the region’s Phlu Ta Luang Police Station, said: “An emergency call was received shortly before 1am informing us there had been a fire at a pub and several people were killed and injured.

“There were people who were burned running out of the building.

“The fire was difficult to control because inside the building there were highly flammable objects, especially sound-absorbing foam solutions.”

Police Major General Atthasit Kitchahan, commander of the Chonburi Provincial Police, said owner Ms Thanyapat Sornsuwanhiran told him the fire had begun on the roof before rapidly spreading downwards.

Several of the injured suffered the effects of smoke inhalation while others were hurt as they escaped the building.

Officials said it took around three hours to bring the fire under control. Police and firemen are now investigating the cause.

It comes more than ten years after a fire at the Santika Club in the Ekkamai district of the capital Bangkok killed 66 people in 2009.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission

Originally published as 14 dead, dozens injured in Mountain B nightclub inferno in Chonburi, Thailand