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    31 December 2008

    Scores Killed In Thailand Nightclub

    Scores killed in Thai club fire

    Thai rescue workers remove a victim of the fire that broke out at the Santika night club in Bangkok [EPA]
     

    At least 54 people have been killed and 100 others wounded in a fire at a nightclub in the Thai capital Bangkok.

    Locals and foreigners were celebrating New Year's Eve.

    The fire started at the Santika club in the city's Ekkamai district early on Thursday morning, Vallop Janthorn, a metropolitan fire co-ordination official, said.

    "The fire is under control and police are investigating to find out the cause," Vallop said.

    "At least 54 people are confirmed dead and the toll could rise."

    Television stations variously reported the cause of the fire as a firework set off because of the new year celebration and an electrical fault at the club.

    Sirens wailed through the night as rescue workers raced to the scene.

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