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Two confirmed dead, 20 injured, in central Bangkok hotel fire

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Two confirmed dead, 20 injured, in central Bangkok hotel fire

By The Nation

 

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The Erawan Medical Center on Thursday morning confirmed that two people were killed and 20 others were injured in the fire on Wednesday at Centara Grand at CentralWorld Hotel at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong Intersection.

 

The centre said one dead victim was found at the scene - a staff member who jumped out of a fourth-floor window - and the other fatality,  identified as Arthit Khamsai, 50, was pronounced dead at Chulalongkorn Hospital. 

 

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Among the 20 victims who suffered injuries mostly from smoke inhalation, six were male and 14 were female. Six were later released, while 14 remained at hospitals. Five were at Police General Hospital, six at Chulalongkorn Hospital, and three at Phayathai Hospital, the center reported.

 

The shopping mall also issued a letter to inform all relevant parties that it  expected to open on Thursday at 2pm. 

 

Central Pattana, in another press statement issued on Thursday, responded to comments that fire alarms did not ring during the incident. The company said that the mall applied a sectional alarm system. This is intended to prevent unnecessary panic if all the mall's alarms are ringing at the same time, and could lead to accidents during evacuation.

 

On the day of the fire, the alarm at B2 floor and eighth floor rang, the company said, adding that the mall has smoke detection devices and evacuation situation assessment in place. 

 

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The company said the mall immediately announced that people should leave the premises and security guards, who had been trained in regular drills, were at designated points to assist evacuation.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30367527

 

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Haven't seen Central World with no people for ages. 

 

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, webfact said:

The shopping mall also issued a letter to inform all relevant parties that it  expected to open on Thursday at 2pm. 

the mall is closed indefinitely as per the Governor of Bangkok

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the mall is closed indefinitely as per the Governor of Bangkok

It's opened today and I'm here. Burnt plastic smell in the whole department store. I would avoid this place for a while.

 

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3 minutes ago, shady86 said:
8 hours ago, NCC1701A said:
the mall is closed indefinitely as per the Governor of Bangkok

It's opened today and I'm here. Still plastic like smoke smell in the whole department store. I would avoid this place for a while.

Probably the BKK Governer got an instruction from very high above to rescind the closure order given the Central Groups family connections. Would'nt be surprised to hear that the BKK Governor will now be stitched up for something in the near future and forced to resign his position. How dare he interfere with the making of the daily millions because of the death of only 2 store employees ?

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9 hours ago, Johnnyngai said:

It is not supposed to happen in 5 star hotels.

Five stars in Thailand is 2-3 stars in the west.

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9 hours ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Thailand has no 5 star hotels.

 

A requirement of a 5 star hotel is to be able to serve alcohol 24 hours a day, every day, 365 days of the year.

 

Thai laws no longer allow this, however in other countries dispensation is allowed.

 

Thus, Thailand has no 5 star hotels.

 

Technically.

Not correct. Alcohol is not even a criteria for any hotel rating. Plenty of 5-star++ hotel in Muslim countries.

 

Five-Star-Hotel-Assessment-1.pdf

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