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Police Charge Singer For Santika Fire

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

After completing their investigation this week, Thai Police charged the lead singer of Santika’s rock band with negligence resulting in other people’s deaths. The lead singer is from the rock band ‘Burn’ who were Santika Nightclub’s resident musicians.  The fire at Santika Nightclub in the Thonglor District of Bangkok killed 65 people and injured over 200 others. Tragically, the majority of the victims who perished in the inferno were young Thai women. Some members of the Thai emergency services said it was the worst tragedy they have ever had to face.

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THE BANGKOK CLUB FIRE KILLED 65 PEOPLE

 BANGKOK DISTRICT POLICE CHIEFS TRANSFERRED

Following the Bangkok nightclub inferno, 2 Bangkok District Police Chiefs have been transferred to inactive posts. In the meantime, they may partly be held responsible. This story was published by The Nation 

Police charge singer for Santika fire by the Bangkok Post 

A similar news story was published by the Telegraph

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Bangkok Club Santika ‘Death Trap’

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Thai Police and Building Safety Inspectors have declared Santika Nightclub a ‘death trap’ following the tragedy on New Year’s Day. This comes as no surprise to many people, who know that fire safety and building regulations are rarely enforced in nightclubs in South East Asia. A fire broke out during New Year’s celebrations – flames and smoke rapidly enfulfed the building. Tragically, the fire killed 64 people and injured over 200 others.

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THAI POLICE AND RESCUE WORKERS WITH THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRE

 Santika Nightclub had no heat or smoke detection systems, no fire alarm, no emergency light system, no fire exit signs, no automatic fire extinguishing system and an inadequate amount of hand-held fire extinguishers. Furthermore, Building Safety Inspectors stated that there was no evidence of any fire or building safety regulations. Similar to so many nightclubs in Thailand, it was a disaster waiting to happen. The Thai government have stated that they will be investigating fire and building safety regulations throughout Thailand. Thai Police said that those responsible for causing the fire will be brought to justice. The Thai Police investigation continues. 

Thai officials have held a merit-making ceremony for the ‘spirits’ of those killed in the fire. There were 500 Thai officials in attendance, plus relatives of those killed and survivors of the inferno. Meanwhile, hundreds of Thai teenagers have camped outside Santika Club at night. Rather than praying, they were looking for ghosts.

(Many Thai people believe that ‘pee lok’ or ghosts do exist)    

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Bangkok Club Fire Death Toll Now 64

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

(UPDATED ON JANUARY 5, 2009) 

SANTIKA NIGHTCLUB SHAREHOLDER SAYS ‘SORRY’

In an emotional address to the public, a major shareholder of Santika Nightclub said he was extremely sorry to the families of the victims, who were killed or injured in the massive fire on New Year’s Day. On Thai TV Santika Nightclub shareholder Wisuk Setsawat, who was clearly distressed, appeared as though he was about to faint. He was escorted away by friends. Mr Wisuk has testified about the Bangkok blaze to Thai Police at the Thong Lor Police Station. Police General Jongrak stated 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 Nightclub was registered as a noodle shop, which was only permitted to sell food until midnight. Thai Police forensic experts continue to search for clues as to what caused the deadly inferno. Sadly, some families have still not found their loved ones.

BANGKOK (AFP) – The Bangkok nightclub fire death toll has risen to 64 dead with over 220 people injured. Out of those injured in the Santika nightclub inferno, 35 victims remain in ICU. Among the dead are 9 bodies that are still unidentified. Currently 68 people injured in the Bangkok blaze remain in hospital. It is reported that 18 of them are foreigners.

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SANTIKA NIGHTCLUB IN BANGKOK BEFORE THE FIRE

Meanwhile Thai Police are trying to contact the Santika Nightclub owners. According to Thai Police sources, the Santika owners have until Wednesday to come forward. Members of the Thai emergency services, said that the horrific scenes at the Santika Nightclub fire, was the most disturbing they had ever encountered.

News sources are THE NATION and the BANGKOK POST

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Bangkok Blaze Brit Saved By An Angel

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

BANGKOK NEW YEAR’S PARTY TURNS DEADLY

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A THAI WOMAN DISCOVERS THAT A LOVED ONE IS AMONG THOSE WHO DIED (PHOTO BY AP)

New Year’s celebrations turned deadly in Bangkok’s Thonglor district, when a horrific fire killed over 60 nightclub revellers. Although some foreigners died in the blaze, the majority of the corpses were thought to be Thai women. Over 200 other Thais and foreigners were injured in the ‘Thai-ring Inferno.’ A ring of fire suddenly engulfed Santika nightclub in Ekamai, Bangkok. Many people were unaware of the fire until it was too late. British survivor Alex Wargacki, 29, tells how he was saved from death by the ‘hand of an angel’ after collapsing and falling unconscious…

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BANGKOK BLAZE SURVIVOR ALEX WARGACKI CURRENTLY RECOVERING IN HOSPITAL. (PHOTO BY ANDREW CHANT).

 “I woke up and heard this voice saying, ‘Come on this way’,” he recalled. “Then I felt myself being dragged towards an exit. A crowd of people parted in front of me and then I was out in the open air. Had it not been for this voice with the hand of an angel, I would not be alive today.”

It is truly horrific to think that this happened during New Year’s celebrations. The special party was named ‘Goodbye Santika.’ The house band are called ‘BURN’ and there were crosses and coffins on the walls. This was a popular venue with Hi-So Thais and foreigners alike. Forensic specialists from the Thai Police are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

The original news story was by Andrew Drummond in Bangkok. The full news report was covered by SKY NEWS

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Thailand Nightlife Newsflash

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

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FIRE ENGULFS RAW HIDE GO-GO BAR IN SOI COWBOY

An electrical fire broke out in Raw Hide Go-Go Bar in Soi Cowboy late last night. Fire spread quickly as Raw Hide was engulfed with flames and thick black smoke. Thai emergency services had the blaze under control in 15 minutes. Fortunately, nobody was injured. At this stage it is difficult to tell exactly how much damage has been done. This comes at a time when Raw Hide Go-Go Bar was starting to do well.

THAI POLICE PROBE BANGKOK NIGHTCLUB INFERNO

Thai Police are invetigating the fire, which killed 65 people at Santika Club in Ekamai, Bangkok. The horrific inferno happened just after midnight, while a crowd of 1,000 people celebrated the New Year countdown. This is a terrible tragedy. Our condolences go out to the families of the victims.

Here is a news report by BBC NEWS

British survivors tell their tale of hell by THE SUN

(Please note that I did not post on New Year’s Day out of respect for the victims of the Santika Club fire. RIP)

BANGKOK BARS ARE SERVING ALCOHOL TONIGHT

To end on a brighter note, Bangkok’s bars, go-go bars and nightclubs will be serving alcohol as normal. Police papers were not issued (as previously thought), so it is business as usual tonight and on January 3rd and 4th. There might be one night next week, when a ‘NO ALCOHOL’ dry day is declared, due to the election of the new Bangkok Governor. As always, I will keep you posted. 

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