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Pattaya Firefighters Kept Busy As Hotel And Warehouse Go Up In Flames

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Pattaya Firefighters Kept Busy As Hotel And Warehouse Go Up In Flames

Two overnight fires in Pattaya have caused more than 100 million bahts worth of damage, according to local reports.

The first fire broke out at the 25-room Pattaya Inn Hotel just off Walking Street at around 10pm.

Four fire engines attended and the blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes. A fire broke out in room 301 and spread to neighbouring 302 completely destroying both with damage estimated to be around 500,000 baht.

The cause is thought to be a short circuit with an investigation underway.

Pattaya Firefighters Kept Busy As Hotel And Warehouse Go Up In Flames

Firefighters were called into action again a short time later in North Pattaya where a furniture warehouse, a restaurant and adjoining six-story house belonging to the owner of the warehouse went up in flames.

Fire crews took from 1am until sunrise to contain the inferno with the area now cordoned off as officials fear the buildings could collapse.

No injuries were reported and the damage is estimated to be upwards of 100 million baht.

Pattaya Firefighters Kept Busy As Hotel And Warehouse Go Up In Flames

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Typhoon Molave Reaches Thailand After Destruction Across Region

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Typhoon Molave Reaches Thailand After Destruction Across Region

Strong winds and heavy rain hit Thailand on Thursday as Typhoon Molave moved inwards across the country.

The deadly storm has killed at least 13 people in Vietnam and 16 in the Philippines with many more still missing. Millions of people have been evacuated or left without power amid a trail of destruction.

Forecasters said the typhoon, also known as Quinta, has weakened to a tropical depression and will reach Laos and northern Thailand today with heavy rain and flash floods predicted.

Footage from Nakhon Ratchasima province shows the gloomy weather and rain showers this morning as residents prepare for the onslaught.



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Out Of Control Pickup Crashes Into Shop

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Out Of Control Pickup Cashes Into Shop

CCTV footage captured the moment a pickup truck lost control before slamming into a shop in Chiang Mai province last Friday.

Officers from the Changpuak police station arrived at the scene with paramedics who checked on the motorists.

Fortunately, the driver and his passenger were unscathed from the incident but the truck’s bumper was damaged from hitting the concrete wall.

The driver, Thanachet Moonfoo, 30, said he was travelling to town when an oncoming sedan swerved into his lane.

He said: “I was driving on my lane when the sedan came and nearly hit me. I avoided them but lost control of my vehicle.”

The sedan driver, identified as Noppadon Chantharao, 47, was also questioned by the police officers.

Other witnesses were also interviewed and the CCTV was submitted as evidence while the investigation is ongoing.



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After 35 Years Japanese Department Store Tokyu Closing MBK Branch In January

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After 35 Years Japanese Department Store Tokyu Closing MBK Branch In January

Japan’s Tokyu Department Store plans to close its Bangkok location at MBK after 35 years and becomes the latest in a lengthy list of Covid-19 casualties in Thailand.

The owners of the famous department store say a string of difficulties with the final straw being a lack of tourist traffic is behind their decision to close, according to Nikkei Asia.

The store at the MBK Center will shut its doors in late January.

Tokyu Department Store, part of the Tokyu Group, is the latest Japanese retailer to pull out of Thailand after Isetan closed down back in August.

The departure will leave Takashimaya, which opened at Iconsiam in 2018, as the only Japanese department store operator in Thailand.

News that Tokyu has decided to quit MBK and Thailand comes as a surprise following the news earlier this month that the department store had signed a newly extended lease agreement for another nine years which was announced by the operators of the shopping center when it unveiled plans for a 1 billion baht facelift

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