Eight dead in Thai disco fire
Fifty-four others were injured after a fire engulfed a disco in the Thai seaside resort town of Pattaya.india Updated: May 09, 2006 10:41 IST
At least eight people were killed and 54 injured after a fire engulfed a disco in the Thai seaside resort town of Pattaya, police said on Monday.
The fire destroyed the Route 999 nightclub in Pattaya, 150 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, late on Sunday shortly after the disco opened and as staff were in a meeting.
"A technician was repairing the air conditioner, using a small welding torch to connect two strips of metal. But the torch accidentally fell and kept burning until the gas ran out," police Lieutenant General Jongrak Juthanon said.
The technician was among the dead. The seven others were staff members.
Police said seven of the 54 injured were in critical condition suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
The fire destroyed the 800,000-dollar disco which opened for business four months ago after expensive sound-proofing of the building, police said.