A Pattaya club that burned down in 2021 won’t be allowed to reopen. The city plans to sue the owner of the Nashaa Club, which caught fire three times that year, Pattaya Mail reported today.
The Nashaa Club was an Indian club on Pattaya‘s Walking Street. Pattaya officials have claimed that the club is one of 101 buildings illegally encroaching onto seafront land that was ordered to be torn down in 1998. Although the order involved half of Walking Street, it has been largely ignored or tied up in court.
But Nashaa made itself a more significant target after the entire structure was destroyed by a blaze on September 12, 2021. The damages cost 50 million baht to the building and neighbouring structures. Two smaller fires also broke out in the same spot that year.
Pattaya Deputy Mayor Manote Nongyai said last week that Nashaa does not hold legal land deeds for all of the property it occupies, with the club growing in size since it was renovated after the fire to encroach on even more public seafront.
Pattaya officials have also blocked the Provincial Electricity Authority from installing a new transformer outside the building, claiming that Nashaa lacks a valid business license.
The Nashaa club fire is not the only fire to have wreaked havoc in Thailand in recent years.
On August 5 2022, thirteen people died and more than 40 were injured after a fire broke out at the Mountain B nightclub in Chon Buri province. Located on Sukhumvit Road in the Sattahip district of Chon Buri, a blaze ripped through the one-story glasshouse, that had only one entrance in and out of the building.
The death toll continued to climb as more and more injured victims died in the hospital. In October, the Mountain B nightclub tragedy claimed a 26th victim.
The club was reported to have been built with faulty wiring, poor construction, and unsafe materials.
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