Friday, March 9, 2012

Two foreigners perish in city hotel fire

wo foreigners are reported to have died after a fire broke out at the Grand Mercure Park Avenue Hotel on Soi Sukhumvit 22 in Klong Toey district last night.
Rescue workers evacuate a western woman from Grand Mercure Park Avenue Hotel after the fire broke out in the hotel building on Soi Sukhumvit 22 last night. PATIPAT JANTHONG
The fire was reported around 9.40pm. Thong Lor police suspected the blaze started at a seminar room on the fifth floor of the 18-storey building before spreading to other floors.
Two foreigners, a woman and a man, were killed in the fire, said a firefighter.
A western woman reportedly jumped from the sixth floor to a swimming pool when the fire broke out, while the other victim who died was an Asian man who was found dead on the seventh floor. At least 10 people, mostly foreigners, were injured.
At least two foreign guests were seen being carried out unconscious on stretchers, while others walked out from the smoke-filled building with the help of rescue workers.
Most of the guests who were evacuated suffered from smoke inhalation. A western woman in her 20s was seen walking out of the hotel wearing an oxygen mask.
Some guests were seen waving clothes or flashlights from windows.
Firefighter Kraiwit Thongsaeng said officers were trying to help people who were stuck on the fourth, fifth, seventh, and 11th floors. Around 11pm, an officer announced through a loudspeaker that the fire had been brought under control.