Thailand pub owner charged after fire kills 15 people and injures dozens

Authorities in Thailand have charged the owner of a pub where a fire last week killed 15 people and injured at least three dozen others.On Friday, the fire was reported at Mountain B pub in Sattahip district of Chonburi province, about 100 miles southeast of Bangkok, around 1am local time during a live music performance.Witnesses said they saw smoke billowing out of the pub and heard loud sounds of explosions.Pongsiri Panprasong, 27, owner of the Mountain B pub, turned himself in late on Saturday. He was charged with causing death by negligence and operating an entertainment venue without...
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