Firefighters initially had difficulty accessing the building with ladders to fight the fire but later deployed hoses and chemical extinguishers to bring the conflagration control. Forensic examinations underway to determine the cause of the fire.
A 66-year-old Norwegian man was found dead after an early morning broke out at a popular condo building in the Bang Lamung area of Pattaya early on Friday morning. Police are still investigating the cause of the fire that erupted at approximately 5 am and caused the building to be evacuated.
The elderly Norwegian national lost his life inside his ninth-floor room of the building located in Nong Prue which suffered the brunt of the damage.
Fire incident began at 5 am, difficulties accessing the building because of narrow streets
The fire erupted at about 5 am. Fire services and police were immediately called to the building. The deceased man has been named as 66-year-old Stein Arne Jensen.
It is reported that because of the position of the 16th-floor condominium building known as the Center Condotel on a narrow street, fire engines had difficulty gaining full access to allow them to deploy ladders.
However, quick-thinking firemen deployed hoses and chemical retardant inside the building to bring the fire under control.
Firefighters spent one-hour bringing the blaze under control with corridors filled with smoke
The operation still took over an hour until the fire was quenched. The incident caused panic in the hotel as residents awoke to find the corridors filled with smoke which at times swelled to overpowering levels. The police also attended the scene to investigate the incident.
Norwegian man found dead in his bed
When the fire was out, emergency services found the dead Norwegian lying in his bed. The room he was staying in was completely gutted. It is estimated that the damage caused by the blaze will come to over ฿500,000.
A preliminary examination of the victim at the scene by the medical examiner determined that Mr Aerne Jensen had died from smoke inhalation
Over 100 people successfully evacuated
The building was fully evacuated and there were no other injuries from the incident. In all, over 100 people fled the building after the fire broke out.
Police and forensic experts have begun a full investigation into the incident to determine the source and cause of the fire.