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Death toll in the Mountain B fire tragedy rises to 24

Mountain B fire Sattahip
Mountain B fire Sattahip

The death toll from the deadly blaze that broke out at a Chon Buri province pub in Sattahip on August 5 has now risen to 24, according to a Thai PBS World report. The latest victim of the fire, which occurred in the district of Sattahip, died at the Somdech Phra Pinklao military hospital in Bangkok.

Pattharakrit Suwanchim, a naval officer, had been in hospital with severe burns since the night of the fire. A further 57 people were injured in the fire, several of whom have died. Another 11 people remain hospitalised, with 3 patients on ventilators.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the bar did not have the correct operating permissions and only had a restaurant licence. There had also been some illegal modifications carried out on the building.

Meanwhile, the victims’ families are complaining about how long the investigation is taking and are calling for the case to be removed from the local police force and handed over to the Department of Special Investigation.

So far, compensation claims of more than 240 million baht have been filed against the owner of the Mountain B pub.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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