11 July 2024

Twenty-eight victims of the Sattahip Mountain B pub fire on August 5th are still being treated in hospitals a week after the blaze, including 11 who are on ventilators, according to the Chon Buri provincial health office.

Thirteen patrons of the pub died at the scene of the inferno and four died later in hospital.

The health office said that the condition of one of the seriously-burned victims on ventilators, 25-year old Vietnamese citizen Dinh Kim Le, has been steadily improving and doctors will soon take her off the ventilator, but she will remain in hospital under close observation.

Dinh Kim Le’s elder sister related her sibling’s story on Vietnamese social media and organised a fund-raising campaign to meet her medical expenses at a private hospital in Pattaya, currently amounting to over 600,000 baht.

The victim has now been transferred to a state hospital after her Thai friend could no longer afford to pay more medical bills.

The victim’s sister reportedly managed to raise 46 million Vietnamese dong (around 70,000 baht).  Another 60,000 baht has been raised by the victim’s Thai friend, Apinya Mongkolsin, from Thai donors, who had paid the private hospital a 50,000 baht down payment so they would admit the victim. The state hospitals in Chon Buri had reportedly refused to admit her due to lack of the special facilities required by severely-burned victims.

Chon Buri police searched the badly-damaged pub today (Friday) to collect sound-absorbing foam from the ceiling of the premises for tests.

Meanwhile, the pub’s owner is out on bail after being charged with negligence causing the death of others, among several other charges.