Fire ravages hotel in Khon Kaen

KHON KAEN - A fire raged through five floors of the five-star Kaen Inn hotel in Muang district on Sunday night, with about 10 people later treated for minor injuries incurred during the evacuation of guests and staff.

The fire started around 9.30pm on the ground floor. Hotel staff members tried to control the fire with extinguishers but the blaze spread to the floors above. More than 20 fire trucks were sent to the scene to battle the flames, which spread rapidly.

It took more than two hours to control the fire, which had by then spread to the fifth floor of the 11-story hotel.

The Kaen Inn was built 45 years ago and was the first five-star hotel in the province. The hotel has around 160 rooms.

Guests and staff were all evacuated. About 10 people received minor injuries - smoke inhilation and slipping and falling during the evacuation.

Theerasak Teekayuphan, mayor of Khon Kaen municipality, said a witness had heard what seemed like an explosion from the lift in front of the kitchen on the ground floor.

The cause of fire had not yet been identified. Police investigators suspect it was started by an electrical fault.

An inspection on Monday morning shown that a total of 20 rooms were burnt by the fire. Guest were allowed to check and recover property left in their rooms. 

The hotel has closed its doors.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 31/12/2013 at 01:03 AM
sorry for your experience. Don't be surprised. They already had your money
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 09:40 PM
Feeling lucky to have escaped. We were staying on the 6th floor. Not only were there no sprinklers, but also no fire alarm, no emergency lights for the stairway which was in total darkness and no guidance from any staff or emergency crew once we self-evacuated. We sat on the side of the street, cold, in shock and without shoes for 30 minutes before deciding just to leave and find somewhere to stay for the night. No refund on our room, no support to pay for another room and not even "sorry for the inconvenience".
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 12:49 PM
No sprinkler system then. how quaint.
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 11:42 AM
There is only one 5 star hotel in Khon Kaen and it's not this one.
Discussion 5 : 30/12/2013 at 10:25 AM
It is three star only at best!

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