Owner of Mountain B pub in Sattahip that caught fire and killed 15 people arrested and charged, more compensation coming for victims

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Sattahip, Chonburi –

The owner of the Mountain B pub that caught fire last week (August 5th) and killed 15 people, injuring dozens of others, has been arrested and charged.

Our previous story:

The death toll of the Mountain B fire in Sattahip district rose to 15 people while the father of a deceased navy sailor said his son had just promised to visit him before he was found dead inside the pub.

An arrest warrant for Mr. Pongsiri ‘B’ Panprasong, 28, had been issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court yesterday (August 6th). B later presented himself to the Plu Taluang Police. B is facing charges with causing deaths due to reckless behavior and operating a nightclub without a proper license.

Sia B, as the owner is also known, currently does not have bail and will face a first court appearance tomorrow, Monday, August 8th. He remains in police custody over the weekend.

According to Mr. Anucha Wongsrirat, Sia B’s lawyer, Mountain B will provide compensation for victims and the injured at 50,000 baht for the deceased and 10,000 baht for the injured, per person. This is on top of any government compensation previously announced. Those who feel they qualify for compensation can contact Mountain B through their Facebook page which has staff assisting.

Mr. Anucha stated that Sia B was in a “difficult” mental place currently and grieving for the victims. Mr. Anucha stated that a request for bail in the form of one million baht would be made later this week and that Sia B was not a flight risk, noting that Sia B turned himself in to authorities.

Thai police say they will hold every single person accountable for the fire and deaths and be fully transparent with their sentences.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.