Bangkok Nightclub inferno Toll Rises to 61

Friday, January 2, 2009


BANGKOK: The death toll from a fire at a Bangkok nightclub New Year party has raised to 61 after two more people died in hospital overnight, a senior health official said Saturday.

The toll from the blaze at the Santika nightclub could rise further as many of the injured remain in critical condition, said Chatree Charoencheewakul, secretary of the National Institute of Emergency Medical Systems.

“It’s very sad. The death toll is now at 61 after a man and woman died last night,” Chatree told foreign news agency.
“Of the 89 who are still hospitalised, 26 remain in the ICU (intensive care unit). Based on their medical records, I think up to five cases are very serious and I am really concerned for them,” he said.
Police are still investigating the cause of the blaze at the packed club in the city’s popular Ekkamai district, which broke out just after midnight on Thursday after revellers counted down the New Year.

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