DHAKA: Four people have been killed and at least 11 others injured in a fire at a bar and nightclub frequented by foreign tourists on the southern Thai resort island of Phuket, according to local police.
Those who died in the fire early on Friday morning included two women and one man. Police said the bodies were too badly burnt to identify.
Hospital workers said foreigners were among the casualties in the blaze, including four French nationals who were among the injured.
Police Colonel Jirapat said the fire broke out shortly before 4am local time (21:00 GMT on Thursday) at the Tiger Disco in Phuket`s popular Patong beach area.
He said the cause of the blaze was not yet known, but that authorities suspected heavy rains that led to sparks at a nearby electricity transformer may have triggered it.
Chamroen Tipayapongtada, Phuket`s deputy governor, told AFP news agency: "The fire was caused by lightning which struck a transformer and the fire spread throughout the place."
BDST: 1250 HRS, AUG 17, 2012
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