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The Patong fire started in the big H and spread, one witness said today

Phuket's Hard Rock Cafe Frontage Goes Up in Smoke

Thursday, October 18, 2012
PHUKET: A fire badly damaged the outside of the Hard Rock Cafe in Patong today, destroying some tables and an awning as well as the large sign.

Security guards reported to police about 8.50am that the Hard Rock neon sign was on fire.

''It started with the big H and spread from there,'' a witness told Phuketwan at the scene. Patong police are investigating but an electrical fault is suspected.

A spokesperson said it was too early to assess damage to the building, but fortunately there was no inside damage.

''We could even open as usual tonight with permission from the local authorities,'' he said. Sales and marketing manager Sasichol Thongnak was more cautious.

''Insurance assessors will need to look at the damage and safety will obviously be a concern,'' she said. ''But at the most, I'd say we could be closed for two or perhaps three days, no longer.''

The outside of the building, on Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road, was badly blackened. However, the iconic large guitar - destroyed according to early reports - survived.

The Hard Rock Cafe occupies the end of the old Courtyard by Marriott Resort and is a popular destination with tourists and locals.

The guitar is a landmark at that part of Patong.



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Will it now be called Hot Rock Cafe? Sorry

Posted by mick.s on October 18, 2012 12:44


How rock is that ? A flaming sign !

Thank god it didn't spread. There's some sinful things happen in Patong ... but if Jimi's jacket went up ...

Posted by James on October 18, 2012 18:23


Well at least they can say it was an original Deep Purple....'Fire'.

Posted by Anonymous on October 18, 2012 19:20


What's wrong with an attitude of cynicism or doomsaying? You allow comments on your site don't you? Phuket, and it's administrators (especially the Marine guy) based on their poor record of addressing major problems can hardly expect to deserve anything more positive. You might as well say the few cheerleaders who pop up now and again are living in cloud-cuckoo land. One man's cynic is another man's realist. Your constant put-downs to your contributors are doing them (and you) a mis-service, and don't reflect the generally perceived reality.

Posted by stu on October 18, 2012 19:39

Editor Comment:

Doomstayers is the word, stu - the people who come to Phuket to live then set out to criticise everything at every opportunity, without fact or reason, except pure self-indulgence. Our declared policy is to post the comments of people who have something to add. If you don't like the policy, too bad - we and the other readers lose nothing, because your comments are as worthless as your ''generally perceived reality.''

Have you forgotten your (unpublished until now) comment when the man climbed the billboard because his life wasn't going well? ''Jump already.'' Why pretend you've got a heart? Or a brain?

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