BANGKOK: A total of 16 people, including eight Malaysians, had gone to Songkhla province, southern Thailand, to join in the water fun as part of the Songkran (Thai new year) festival.
Unfortunately, they were injured after a hotel in Sadao caught fire.
In the 8.25am (local time) incident yesterday, the 16 – all tourists vacationing in the border town – suffered smoke inhalation.
Sadao deputy police chief Lt-Col Winai Sakeeyasatien said that the eight Malaysians, aged between 25 and 58, were all rushed
to three hospitals nearby.
“Some of them were given outpatient treatment.
“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Three of the Malaysians are receiving treatment at Padang Hospital and Hatyai Hospital, while two others are at Songkhla Hospital.
It was reported there were 30 occupants at the 200-room hotel when the fire broke out.
According to witnesses, thick smoke caused the guests to clamber out through balconies and windows.