The death toll from the fire in early August at a nightclub near the tourist city of Pattaya, one of the deadliest in Thailand in recent years, has risen to 20, authorities said Friday night.
• Also read: Thailand nightclub fire death toll rises to 17
• Also read: Thailand nightclub fire death toll rises to 16
The incident happened on the night of August 4th to 5th in “Mountain B”, a nightclub around 180 kilometers south-east of the capital.
Rescue workers found 13 charred bodies at the facility and seven people died from their injuries, health officials in Chonburi province, where the tragedy struck, said.
The latest identified victim is a 50-year-old man, according to the same source.
All have Thai nationality.
25 people are still being treated, including 9 on respiratory support.
The presence of acoustic foam on the walls, intended to isolate the building from outside noise, helped the fire spread. It took firefighters more than three hours to bring it under control.
A Chonburi provincial police official confirmed on Saturday that the nightclub’s owners, a father and son, have been charged with reckless homicide and operating an unlicensed facility.
“They could face further charges related to building security and employee welfare,” he told AFP.
Both were released on bail by the district court, he said.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered an investigation.
Thailand is a lax country when it comes to safety regulations, especially in its myriad of bars and nightclubs.
In 2009, a gigantic fire at a posh Bangkok club on New Year’s Eve, January 1, killed 67 and injured more than 200.
Its owner of the Santika had spent three years in prison following this tragedy.