VIDEO VAULT: The Royal Jomtien Resort Hotel Fire

Published on 28th February 2019 by Stickboy BKK

The Royal Jomtien Resort Hotel Fire

The Royal Jomtien Resort Hotel was a 450-room luxury hotel situated in a 17-story high-rise building on the northern end of Jomtien Beach, Pattaya.

At approximately 10:20 local time, 11 July 1997, a fire ignited as a result of a faulty liquid propane gas cylinder in a ground floor buffet of the hotel.

The fire burned for 8 to 12 hours across all floors and caused the deaths of at least 91 people and injuries to a further 63.

A National Fire Protection Association report attributed the ignition of the fire to human error by a worker who had identified a faulty valve assembly on a gas cylinder in a ground-floor buffet; while attempting to shut off the valve, the worker inadvertently increased the flow of gas and caused an explosion.

The combustible wood and vinyl furnishings of the establishment allowed the fire to develop rapidly, as did a lack of fire separation, compartmentation and active suppression systems. As acrid smoke overcame the entire complex, several victims reportedly jumped from the higher windows to their deaths.

At the time of the fire, the building was 8 years old and had therefore been constructed prior to 1992 laws dictating mandatory installation of fire alarms and smoke detectors in Thai high-rise hotels.

The fire prompted a review of safety standards of other high rise buildings in Chonburi and at least 200 other buildings in the Pattaya area were found not to comply with the fire safety standards that had been violated by the Royal Jomtien Resort Hotel prior to the fire.

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