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Some twenty diners at a Chinese beachside restaurant on Koh Larn were luck to escape injury after a roof collapsed.
Two people were slightly hurt when the roof at the “Foo Long” restaurant on Ta Waen beach caved in – one was an unnamed Chinese tourist, the other a 60 year old bag seller called Daeng Cheuanarom, reported Daily News.
The restaurant had ten booths selling goods out front, six of which were damaged.
Reporters discovered that the Foo Long is owned by a Chinese businessman who was not there when police and Pattaya authorities arrived.
They understand that the local authorities had ordered the owner – known as “Ah Chen” – to build a new roof some time ago when they deemed it unsafe after seeing it was damaged. Nothing had been done.
The likely cause of the collapse was vibrations from piling work on a three story hotel being built next door.
Witnesses said there were some twenty Thai and Chinese tourists in the restaurant at the time of the collapse.
Thai Visa / Daily News