Saturday night fire rips through two bars in Pattaya, two tourists hospitalised

Bangkok Post reported that 16 motorcycles were destroyed in the fire believed to be caused by the explosion of a faulty power transformer.
Bangkok Post reported that 16 motorcycles were destroyed in the fire believed to be caused by the explosion of a faulty power transformer.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A number of barber and beauty shops and restaurants on the opposite side of the street were also damaged in the blaze.
A number of barber and beauty shops and restaurants on the opposite side of the street were also damaged in the blaze.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

CHON BURI -  At least two tourists were sent to hospital after a fire broke out late Saturday (March 10) at two crowded beer bars near Pattaya's Walking Street, reported local media.

Bangkok Post reported that 16 motorcycles were destroyed in the fire believed to be caused by the explosion of a faulty power transformer.

A large number of tourists were at the two bar beers - Titanic and An-An - when the fire broke out at about 11pm.

Dramatic footage of the fire circulating on social media showed revellers fleeing the fireballs that had engulfed the busy nightlife zone near Soi Pattaya 16. Screams and a series of explosions can be heard in the background.

Sophon TV reported that medical staff and fire crews arrived at the scene within minutes and the fire was eventually brought under control after half an hour.

A number of barber and beauty shops and restaurants on the opposite side of the street were also damaged in the blaze.

Two people sustained minor injuries from the fire. They were admitted to a nearby hospital where they treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Sakarin Khaokhokkruat, 28, a waitor of Titanic beer bar, said electricity officials replaced a power transformer near the two beer bars on Saturday afternoon.

The transformer exploded at about 11pm, setting off the fire.

Police were investigating the cause of the fire, reported Bangkok Post.

Damage was estimated to be between five to 10 million baht, officials said.