To follow up on my Tweets last night on this topic, here are a few stories:
The AP reports:
A fire at a high-rise hotel in Bangkok’s main tourist district sent smoke billowing through the upper floors, killing at least one foreigner and injuring almost two dozen other people, authorities said Friday.
When firefighters arrived at the 15-story Grand Park Avenue Bangkok hotel Thursday evening, they saw people screaming for help from the upper floors, said firefighter Rampan Kaewyongkod.
The mid-range hotel, formerly known as the Grand Mercure Park Avenue, has 221 rooms and is located off Sukhumvit Road, a tourist and residential district popular with foreigners.
Click through to the story for some images.
Elsewhere, today’s Bangkok Post says two foreigners were killed:
Two foreigners are reported to have died after a fire broke out at the Grand Park Avenue Hotel on Soi Sukhumvit 22 in Klong Toey district last night.
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.
Meanwhile, AFP says one foreigner died:
“A female foreign tourist died from suffocation,” said Suvinai Busrakamwongs, director of the Kluay Nam Thai hospital. Her nationality was unknown because she had no identification.
“Another male Western tourist is in intensive care,” Suvinai said.
(All emphasis mine.)
(Image: Bangkok Post.)