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Fire forces evacuation of Phuket Town theater complex

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PHUKET: An electrical fire caused a panicked evacuation from a cinema complex in the heart of Phuket Town last night, but no injuries were reported.

Staff at the Coliseum Paradise Mutliplex cinemas at Ocean Shopping Mall noticed smoke billowing from two electrical transformers on a fourth-floor control room at about 7pm.

They tried to cool the transformers with fire extinguishers, then ordered an evacuation and notified Phuket City Municipality firefighters when the effort failed.

The evacuation occurred just as guests were lined up to buy tickets for the early evening shows. The amount of smoke caused a great deal of panic in the general vicinity.

Police cordoned off the area and four Phuket City Municipality firetrucks parked near the entrance to the now defunct Grand Plaza Massage Parlour, the best point of access to the control room high above.

Because of the difficulty of access, it took firefighters about an hour to get the situation under control.

At the scene were Phuket Governor Tri Agukaradacha, Muang District Chief Supachai Pochanukul, Phuket City Police Superintendent Chote Chidchai, and Phuket City Deputy Mayor Chaiyapreuk Pannapreuk.

After the electrical fire was under control, firefighters drilled a hole in an exterior wall to drain water from the building and help release a deep build-up of smoke from inside.

Mana Ardpaksa, the long-time manager of the Coliseum Paradise Phuket complex, told the Gazette the fire started in the fourth-floor control room that operates theaters 5 and 6, located one floor below.

“One of the cinema staff saw smoke pouring out from the electrical control room and attempted to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. When he found the fire was out of control, he contacted me and I ordered the electricity to be cut,” he said.

“At that moment, there were no guests in the movie theaters. All of them were waiting outside. Some were at the ticket office. So we made an announcement to inform everyone about the fire and safely evacuated everyone,” he said.

Phuket City Police Superintendent Chote Chidchai said he suspected the fire was caused by a short in the electrical supply system.

“However, I will send police officers to investigate again later,” he said.

Mr Mana said the complex will remain closed until further notice.

“The police officers need to investigate the cause of the fire and we will need some time to renovate. It’s too early to assess the damage or how long it will take to repair. We will not allow anyone inside until it is safe,” said Mr Mana.

Fire safety issues at the complex have been a subject in the Gazette’s Issues & Answers forum in the past.

— C. Yongcharoenchai & W. Temram



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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit krixluther.com

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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