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Posted by stu on August 17, 2012 07:10
Four people are dead. Wisecracks like that indicate you've lost track of what's really important, stu.
The old Tiger Discotheque was one of the venues checked by the then governor for safety exits.
Posted by SUe on August 17, 2012 07:25
Unfortuanately, it was inevitable that something like this would happen some day
Posted by sky on August 17, 2012 07:50
You've done it again. You have trounced your print opposition with this report by some hours. Congratulations on a job well done.
Posted by Lucky on August 17, 2012 08:25
A lot of fires on Phuket seem to be caused by faulty electrical wiring if one reads up on past news reports.
Posted by Andrew on August 17, 2012 08:44
No doubt its a common (daily) occurance, but I wonder what kind of trouble tiger will get for being open after 2am? Can anyone confirm this fire was caused by 'lightning'? Seems unlikely. Also, whether tourists or Thais, the loss is equally devastating. RIP to those involved.
Posted by Nick on August 17, 2012 08:52
I've been too both Tiger and hollywood clubs... The lack of fire escapes completely astounds me!! In particular Hollywood, I would not want to imagine if a fire broke out in hollywood as that would be a tomb... Its so typical of Thai authorities only to act upon after a tragedy has happened when it could have been prevented how sad!!
Posted by Anonymous on August 17, 2012 10:21
What a terrible tragedy for the people visiting Phuket, clubs allowed to be open after legal closing hours, packed full with no capacity laws or proper fire protection in place.
Posted by S. Martin on August 17, 2012 10:26
@Andrew, I am open to correction but I recall the owners and managers and the band, being given jail terms for varying charges relating to the Santika fire. In Phuket we just know a thrash with a strand of spagetti will be punishment enough. RIP To the deceased.
Posted by Dun on August 17, 2012 10:33
Sad, and should not have happened! Phuket is unsafe, (blanket statement). Fire alarms, safety doors, signage are to be placed and adhered to and then the payoffs start and nothing happens. Tourism industry works hard, spending millions to push Thailand as the LOS, yet never informing of the dangers and incompetencies. Money, it is all about money. Not the safety of the Thai people or Farang.
Posted by Bruno on August 17, 2012 10:34
Thank heavens there was not a fire in Soi Crocodile. That place would just turn into one big crematorium. RIP to the people who died and a very speedy recovery to all those injured. Please make sure that the persons and owners are made to be held accountable for this tragedy.
Posted by Robin on August 17, 2012 11:14
Sad state of affairs these poor people killed and injured families destroyed all because of local officials and faceless owners failing to do their jobs in providing a safe club . Let me guess the CCTV cameras weren't working at the time or the film is ruined or missing oh and the beat cops and their superiors well they had no idea that the disco was operating way after hours what does officialdom and the owner care they only care about making MONEY in patong.
Posted by Scunner on August 17, 2012 11:49
I've been to Tiger and have to say it never occured to me that it might be unsafe, but regrettably it seems large parts of Asia dont really take any regulation or saftey issues seriously. Having said that, it may just be an unfortunate tragedy... until the investigations are complete no-one can say for sure.
Posted by Anonymous on August 17, 2012 12:20
You are indeed to be complimented for the speed and thoroughness of the original report and the followups as well as the accompanying photos.
Posted by ssresident on August 17, 2012 12:50
Very sad..MCOT TV about an hour ago said (according to the wife) that the estimated daily take from Tiger was in the region of 10 million ...guess with those numbers words like Integrity, Accountability and Culpability just don't translate...shame on Phuket again.
Posted by David on August 17, 2012 12:58
PHUKETWAN WROTE: The fire in Patong, Phuket's west coast tourist hub, is reported to have broken out at 3.55am -
Posted by Whistle-Blower on August 17, 2012 12:59
SUe - I only go to Patong during low season because I hate the crowds... Have you actually gone into Tiger during Low Season? Low or High Season, you can't move.
Posted by Joel M on August 17, 2012 14:12
Have you actually gone into Tiger during Low Season? Low or High Season, you can't move.
Posted by @Joem on August 17, 2012 15:23
whistleblower "Deaths would have been avoided if the Tiger Disco had been closing on time at 02:00"
Posted by Anonymous on August 17, 2012 15:28
I was told at 6am this morning a power transformer exploded and it was the 5th time it has happened in Patong this year. This was the first time major damage had been caused. Stand by for a five minute crack down on safety. R.I.P to the victims.
Posted by logbags on August 17, 2012 15:50
Phuketwan has been reported in New Zealand media as breaking this story. A sad day for Patong.
Posted by Marty on August 17, 2012 16:36
"Tiger, tiger, burning bright,
Posted by Poet on August 17, 2012 17:19
Posted by Andrew on August 17, 2012 18:15
@joel m......Totally agree with you i always go to patong in low season and going again in 6 weeks and all the clubs i go tiger,fbi etc are always packed. RIP TO ALL THE VICTIMS.
Posted by Darren walker on August 17, 2012 19:17
I've seen a couple of transformers explode and it could easily be mistaken for a lightning strike.
Posted by Andrew on August 17, 2012 20:34
Andrew: You might want to check the facts again. Both the club owner and the light and sound company's owner were given years of jail terms, (not enough in my opinion) and ordered to pay millions of Baht in compensation to the plaintiffs.
Posted by J on August 18, 2012 07:49
Posted by Andrew on August 18, 2012 12:17
PW has handled this story very responsibly, sticking to the facts and avoiding sensationalism. The posters here, on the other hand, are another story. The authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire or what factors lead to the tragic loss of life, but amazingly, PW readers seem to already know exactly what went wrong and who is to blame! Apparently they are all experts who have conducted their own forensic studies in the past 48 hours!
Posted by Matt on August 20, 2012 14:21
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