Russian woman rushed to hospital after Patong hotel fire

Patong hotel fire, photo by The Phuket Express.

Rescuers rushed a Russian woman to a hospital after a fire broke out at a Patong hotel kitchen on Saturday. The woman, Svetlana Stashko, suffered from smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out on the hotel’s first floor. The hotel is located on Phang Mueang Sai Kor Road.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and were able to put out the blaze relatively quickly. The hotel’s kitchen only suffered minor damage, The Phuket Express reported. A photo shows thick clouds of smoke around the hotel.

Officials withheld the hotel’s name pending further investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

This news comes just a week after another fire in Phuket when a massive blaze severely damaged a luxury villa in the Cherng Talay neighbourhood of Phuket‘s Thalang district. It took firefighters around two hours to fully put out the flames at the villa on Soi Pasak 1. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, several news outlets reported that damages are estimated to cost around 25 million baht.

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At the time of the fire, the villa was being rented by a 48 year old French expat, although officials did not confirm who the villa’s owner was.

The most common cause of household fires in Thailand is electrical malfunctions, followed by arson and cooking accidents, according to the Thai Fire and Rescue Department.

Last year, 131 significant fires were reported in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok between January and May. The statistics show 27 fires in February, 13 in March, 32 in April and 20 in May 2022.

Bang Khun Thian district recorded the highest number of fires during that period, with nine, followed by seven each in Bang Kapi and Prawet, six each in Bang Khae and Ratchathewi, five in Nong Chok, and four each in Bang Kho Laem, Min Buri, Lat Phrao, Wang Thong Lang, Wattana, Saphan Soong and Huai Khwang.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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