BANGKOK, Thailand - At least 25 hotels and restaurants were forced to evacuate and suffered destruction after a massive fire broke out across a number of venues in Thailand.
The fire broke out at a number of venues at one of Thailand’s top tourist islands, and roared dangerously in many areas, with hundreds of people being forced to evacuate.
According to officials, the fire started from a gas cylinder in a hotel at Phi Phi island, which is popular for tourists.
Some local reports quoted the Krabi office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation as saying that the fire started in a hotel at Soi Slinky about 9.30pm, before quickly spreading to more than 20 other nearby shopfronts, including restaurants and hostels.
The fire, that witnesses described as spreading like wildfire, soon spread damage across at least 25 venues and so far, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not made an official statement on the incident.
Officials said that some of the people were immediately evacuated to safer grounds, mainly the beach.
Local media said that after a few hours, the fire was brought under control.
Further, officials confirmed that a total of nine people, including six tourists - three Argentinians, two Brazilians and an Israeli - sustained injuries from smoke inhalation.
Officials said that the site of the blaze on Phi Phi Island has been sealed off while Forensic Police investigate the scene of the fire.