31 Mar '12, 12pm

1 dead, dozens injured in Hat Yai hotel fire

1 dead, dozens injured in Hat Yai hotel fire

Tourists move to safety from a hotel fire following a blast in Hat Yai district, Songkhla province, southern Thailand on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The blast occurred on the ground floor at Lee Gardens hotel that officials attributed to a gas leaks and said was unrelated to the attacks blamed on insurgents. -- PHOTO: AP BANGKOK (AFP) - Five people were killed and dozens injured in a fire on Saturday at a hotel in Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand, officials said. The blaze broke out at the Lee Gardens Hotel in downtown Hat Yai, which is a popular destination with tourists from neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore. Four men and one woman died in the fire, Songkhla provincial governor Grisada Boorach told AFP. He said 336 were injured, of whom 28 were in hospital. The cause of the fire was being investigated, the governor said. City mayor Prai Pattano earlier said...

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