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Four killed in disco fire at Phuket club

From Kocha Olarn, CNN
updated 4:42 AM EDT, Fri August 17, 2012
Emergency staff carry out victims of a fire that swept through the Tiger Bar club in Patong, Phuket, Thailand on Friday, August 17, 2012<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href='' target='_blank'></a> Emergency staff carry out victims of a fire that swept through the Tiger Bar club in Patong, Phuket, Thailand on Friday, August 17, 2012

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Phuket club fire kills four
Phuket club fire kills four
Phuket club fire kills four
Phuket club fire kills four
Phuket club fire kills four
  • Blaze spread through popular nightclub in Phuket, Thailand, killing four
  • Forensic experts to identify dead who were burnt beyond recognition
  • Police tell CNN the fire broke out at a transformer near Tiger Pub
  • Phuket is a popular destination for international tourists

Bangkok (CNN) -- Four people have been killed in a fire that swept through a popular nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning on the Thai island of Phuket.

It's not known whether those killed were Thai nationals or foreign tourists, as the bodies were burnt beyond recognition, director of Patong Hospital, Bhumin Silapan, told CNN.

Eleven others were being treated in the same hospital, including seven Thais and four French nationals. One of the French patients was in a serious condition with 40% burns and receiving oxygen, Silapan said.

Police are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze but the officer in charge of the case told CNN that it's believed a transformer near the Tiger Pub, also known as Soi Tiger, on Bangla Road, Patong, caught fire.

"I am interviewing many witnesses so I can't conclude the exact cause until I gather more information and evidence," Lt. Colonel Jongserm Preecha said Friday.

Unconfirmed reports stated the fire was caused by a lightning strike which hit the transformer, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), which quoted Phuket deputy governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada.

Phuket is popular holiday resort for foreign tourists and the Tiger Bar is described by one online travel guide as "one of the most popular places to have a drink in all of Phuket."

"Every single night the entire bar area of Tiger is packed with bar girls and tourists and it is like this throughout the night," according to a review on

Forensic experts were expected to arrive at the hospital Friday afternoon to identify the dead.

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