Hotel damaged as fire breaks out at Bangkok's Chinatown

By Nhu Tam   July 8, 2024 | 12:00 am PT
Hotel damaged as fire breaks out at Bangkok's Chinatown
Firefighters douse a fire near Yaowarat road at Chinatown in Bangkok on July 6, 2024. Photo by AFP
A fire broke out in Trok Pho community of Bangkok's Chinatown, a popular tourist destination in Thailand, last Saturday, injuring at least 30 people and damaged a three-star hotel.

The fire broke out in a narrow alley packed with wooden houses on Yaowarat Road at nearly 9 p.m. and more than 30 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, Bangkok Post reported.

It took three hours to bring the fire under control.

No fatalities were reported but 30 people required medical treatment after suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire damaged part of the three-star New Empire Hotel, The Nation Thailand reported.

A witness said he heard several loud explosions, apparently from a transformer before the fire broke out.

Police are investigating.

Chinatown in Bangkok, famous for its vibrant street markets, authentic cuisine, and rich cultural heritage, has recently garnered interest from tourists after it appeared in the music video ‘Rockstar’ by Blackpink's Lisa.

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