Bangkok Club Fire Death Toll Now 64

(UPDATED ONJANUARY 5, 2009)

SANTIKA NIGHTCLUB SHAREHOLDER SAYS ‘SORRY’

In an emotional address tothe public, a major shareholder of Santika Nightclub said he was extremely sorry to the families of the victims, who were killed or injuredin the massive fire onNew Year’sDay. On Thai TV Santika Nightclub shareholder Wisuk Setsawat, who was clearly distressed, appeared as though he was about to faint. He wasescorted away by friends. Mr Wisuk hastestified about the Bangkok blaze to Thai Police at the Thong LorPolice Station. Police General Jongrakstated that Mr Wisuk was questioned as a witness and not a suspect. Meanwhile,legal action is proceeding against Suriya Ritrabue, the managing director of White & Brothers (2003) Co, who is the registered owner of Santika Nightclub. Incredibly, Santika Nightclubwasregistered as a noodle shop, which was only permitted to sell food until midnight. Thai Police forensic expertscontinue tosearch for clues as to what caused the deadly inferno. Sadly, some families have still not found their loved ones.

BANGKOK (AFP) – The Bangkok nightclub firedeath toll has risen to 64 deadwith over 220 people injured. Out of those injured in the Santika nightclub inferno, 35 victimsremain in ICU. Among thedead are 9 bodies that are still unidentified. Currently68 people injured in the Bangkok blaze remain in hospital. It is reported that 18 of them are foreigners.

SANTIKA NIGHTCLUB IN BANGKOK BEFORE THE FIRE

SANTIKA NIGHTCLUB IN BANGKOK BEFORE THE FIRE

MeanwhileThai Police are trying to contact the Santika Nightclub owners. According to Thai Police sources, the Santika ownershave until Wednesday to come forward.Members of the Thai emergency services, said that thehorrific scenesat the Santika Nightclub fire, was the most disturbingthey had ever encountered.

News sources are THE NATION and the BANGKOK POST

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