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Over 100 evacuated from Pattaya condo fire

Jack Burton

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PHOTOS: The Pattaya News

More than 100 tourists and residents were evacuated after a fire in a Pattaya condo yesterday morning. Firefighters, police and rescue workers arrived quickly at the Laguna Beach condo in Jomtien, south of Pattaya city. The Pattaya Public Disaster Relief Unit coordinated rescue efforts.

The room on the seventh floor where the fire started was completely destroyed, though the the cause of the blaze hasn’t yet been determined. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire or evacuation, but some people needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters and rescue workers were able to assist many tourists from the building but trapped residents could be seen waving for help in photos and videos posted on social media.

Firefighters say many residents were ignoring the alarms and didn’t immediately vacate the building, thinking it was a drill or an accident. But as smoke filled the hallways, many became trapped, especially on the seventh floor. There appeared to be no one in the room where the fire broke out and firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly.

Investigators are reviewing the scene to determine the cause of the fire and assess damage to the room and the building.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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