Bangkok residents have little public faith in fire system

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More than half the residents in Bangkok have no confidence in fire prevention systems in the capital, according to a recent survey.

Some 54 per cent of those polled said they lacked confidence in systems to stop fires because blazes had occurred quite often in Bangkok lately.

Suan Dusit Rajabhat University questioned 1,267 Bangkok residents between March 9-10 in a survey conducted to assess people’s opinion about fire problems.

Of the respondents, 10 per cent said outright they did not have any confidence in the capital’s fire prevention set-up.

In all, only 33 per cent said they were quite confident, and while less than 3 per cent had complete confidence in fire-prevention efforts.

Last week, a fire broke out at the Grand Park Avenue, a four-star hotel in central Bangkok, causing two deaths.

Thong Lor Police Station superintendent Colonel Ratsak Raksalam said investigators had already questioned four or five hotel employees.

“We will interrogate firemen and officials from the Engineering Institute of Thailand, as well as Klong Toei District Office,” he said.

Raksak said if grounds for criminal offences were uncovered, police would press charges against suspected wrongdoers.

Pol Lt Colonel Thanakrong Kornkaew, who is handling the case, said Grand Park Avenue officials had confirmed the hotel was willing to compensate all victims.

Apart from the two fatalities, more than 20 were injured in the incident, mostly foreign tourists who suffered smoke inhalation.

As of press time, at least one victim remained in hospital.


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