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Two tourists hospitalised as transformer explosion triggers blaze on Walking Street

Mar 11. 2018
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By Dethawee Theewarangkool
The Nation

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A fire destroyed two bars in Pattaya’s famous Walking Street late on Saturday after a power transformer reportedly exploded on Pattaya Soi 16.

One tourist suffered burns while another choked from the smoke, deputy inspector Pol Lieutenant Kewaleesiri Phasukthanapaisal of Muang Pattaya precinct said.

Witnesses told police that the transformer, which had been installed on Friday, exploded and caused the fire at 10pm. Police suspect a short circuit might have caused the explosion.

The blaze quickly spread to two neighbouring bars – Titanic and Ann-Ann. Sixteen motorbikes parked on the street as well as the opposite building that housed a barber shop, a salon and a restaurant were also partially damaged by the heat. Firefighters took about half an hour to put out the fire.

Total damage is estimated as Bt5 million.

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