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Fire at hotel in Bangkok: Workers and patrons speak of confusion and no fire alarms

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Fire at hotel in Bangkok: Workers and patrons speak of confusion and no fire alarms | Samui Times

Sanook spoke to office workers and people at a fitness center when the fire at Central World broke out yesterday evening.  

They spoke of a sense of confusion, lack of fire alarms and a poor response from staff. It was nothing like fire drills that had been held in the past, they said. “B” said that she was getting ready to go home from her job high up in the tower in the [email protected] 

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She said she had no idea there was a fire – she was told by the maid and colleagues. There was no fire alarm. She waited by the lift that seemed the best way to get down as she was high up and she needed to go to the underground B1 car park level.  Only then when she reached B1 did she hear an alarm and the parking lot was filling with smoke.  She spoke of confusion but praised a security detail that ushered her and colleagues to a Rama 1 exit and safety.  

“A” said that she was doing exercise in a fitness center. She saw people exiting and wondered what was going on – she did not remember there being any alarm. She asked staff what was going on and that was how she realized she needed to get out.  An announcement to exit the building could be heard but it was very indistinct, she said. She said that officials reacting to the fire were slow.  Both A and B spoke of confusion.  B said that she had been involved in fire drills in the past but when it came to the real thing it was anything but orderly.  

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