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BREAKING: 100 tourists evacuated after fire sweeps through Jomtien condo

 

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100 tourists were evacuated after a fire broke out a condominium in Jomtien early on Sunday morning.

 

Fire and rescue workers attended the scene at around 5am on Sunday.

 

Thai media reported there was mass panic among residents at the condo with many unable to find a way to escape from the building. 

 

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Some residents could be seen on their balconies screaming for help, 77Kaoded reported.

 

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The fire alarm went off as intended but was ignored by some residents who say it often goes off, with others believing the alarm was a drill.

 

Some residents required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. 

 

Firefighters said the blaze started in room 709 on the 7th floor. 

 

An investigation is under way to establish what caused the fire.

 

This is a developing news story.
 

 

Source: 77Kaoded

 

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38 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

residents could be seen on their balconies screaming for help

I spoke to the on-duty Security Guard, he was well <deleted> off as they woke him up with their screams

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26 minutes ago, tinca tinca said:

where and which condo was the fire???

It's strange that the link to the Thai article says its at the Laguna Beach condo in Jomtein yet the English news above cannot even be bothered to mention that minor point.

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45 minutes ago, SAFETY FIRST said:

I spoke to the on-duty Security Guard, he was well <deleted> off as they woke him up with their screams

Cruel but true.....

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1 hour ago, rooster59 said:

but was ignored by some residents who say it often goes off

understandable, nothing worse than numerous  false alarms to make you complacent......... crying wolf

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1 hour ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Cold season and no heaters in the rooms, some of the millionaire tourists probably lit a fire with 1000B bills.

Once used a hair dryer in Hong Kong to keep a room warm

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1 hour ago, GeorgeCross said:

 

airbnb will not be pleased 😆

 

 

Its just a matter of time before a tragedy happens with Daily Rental anywhere in the world. Short term stayers that are being put in accomadations completely unknown to them. No safety regulations or insurance. No proper fire alarms, sprinkler- or other firefighting systems and no properly trained staff on site to evacuate them. Sad but unavoidable.

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2 minutes ago, dendijk said:

Its just a matter of time before a tragedy happens with Daily Rental anywhere in the world. Short term stayers that are being put in accomadations completely unknown to them. No safety regulations or insurance. No proper fire alarms, sprinkler- or other firefighting systems and no properly trained staff on site to evacuate them. Sad but unavoidable.

That is the case in probably any third world country, if folk want to venture those places, sh_t stuff goes with the territory.. 

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5am on Sunday there would be a few drunken revellers hard to wake up. I hope everyone gets out safe and sound. There could be some challenging insurance issues.

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9 minutes ago, dendijk said:

Its just a matter of time before a tragedy happens with Daily Rental anywhere in the world. Short term stayers that are being put in accomadations completely unknown to them. No safety regulations or insurance. No proper fire alarms, sprinkler- or other firefighting systems and no properly trained staff on site to evacuate them. Sad but unavoidable.

Applies to many hotels too.

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I'll bet they wished they had stayed over the hill in the world class resort, but then again, when open sex acts on the beach, it's hard to work out where is safe to stay!

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16 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

If a tourist gets the blame - likely - I'd hate to see the bill he is presented by the hotel pressing that immigration not let him until fully paid

It's not a hotel.

 

Meanwhile, an airbnb landlord somewhere is regretting their Pattaya property investment opportunity.

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1 hour ago, tinca tinca said:

where and which condo was the fire???

The building staff were wearing the name of the building in the video.Look at the   orange vests.

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2 minutes ago, gaikhao said:

The building staff were wearing the name of the building in the video.Look at the   orange vests.

Why can't you just say the name that you saw in the video?

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The disorganized approach, the lack of proper  equipment etc. is troubling.

However, the courage and bravery and willing to self sacrifice of the Thais is  impressive. How those workers were able to withstand the putrid toxic smoke without benefit of protective gear is incredible.

 

I think this is mostly a Russian occupied building, and many of the  tenants/guests are Russian so they don't panic easily which accounts for the relative calmness of the farangs.

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8 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

If a tourist gets the blame - likely - I'd hate to see the bill he is presented by the hotel pressing that immigration not let him until fully paid

AirBnB claims their "hosts" are protected with $1 million USD property damage insurance.

So if it was a "tourist" in a condo, likely an AirBnB.  BTW, article says condo, not hotel  

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