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Phuket: Kamala Beer Garden destroyed by fire - possibly arson
« on: February 26, 2012, 03:01:10 PM »
Kamala Beer Garden destroyed by fire - arson a possibility

The Kamala Beer Garden at the centre of Kamala was destroyed by fire this morning.

The owner of the Kamala Beer Garden, Gregg Layton, 51, from Canada, was reported to be stuck inside a bedroom on the second floor of the bar, when the fire engulfed the building.

To escape the inferno, he jumped from the bedroom window to a swimming pool downstairs.

After their arrival, it took firemen half an hour to extinguish the fire.

At the time of writing, no injuries or deaths had been reported.

One of the employees of the bar told police that the fire had started from the roof at the front of the building.

The flames then quickly leapt from the front to the back of the bar, resulting in the explosion of gas tanks in the kitchen.

Mr Layton told police that he had only been running the bar for a short time, having taken it over from a previous owner some three months ago.

Police are investigating the cause of fire, which might be the result of arson, because it is unusual for a fire to start from a roof, as in this case.

They are also suspicious as Mr Layton said in his statement that he had fired a member of his female staff just yesterday as she was a drug addict.

The cost of damage is estimated to be at least B5 million.

Phuket News

And the moral of the story: don't hire people you're not sure of, because firing them again might expose you to all kinds of problems.

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Re: Phuket: Kamala Beer Garden destroyed by fire - possibly arson
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 05:51:14 PM »
Secondary moral point......make sure you have insurance, both property and life.

You've got to have some sand, or be completely naive, to take on a bar establishment somewhere like there. Nasty and dangerous business in those places at that level and you better be savvy and hard as nails to get on top of that business to last more than a few months in that sort of place.

Lucky there was a swimming pool around to do a spectacular jump into to escape.

As I've said before, those places not only attract the foreign garbage but the Thai too.

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Re: Phuket: Kamala Beer Garden destroyed by fire - possibly arson
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 06:06:50 PM »
Lucky there was water in the pool at the time.



How things have progressed.At one time it was all the rage to have a bar in spain.
Not the same ballgame here is it.

Wonder what the attraction is.BEING A FARANG BAR OWNER.They really should do there homework 1st
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Phuket beer garden fire UPDATE Owners deny arson rumours
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 06:17:43 PM »
Phuket beer garden fire not arson: owners

A regular customer of the Kamala Beer Garden in Phuket pulls up hoping to catch a morning football match, only to find the venue burned to the ground hours earlier. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo.

Owners Chollada Nakballang and her Canadian boyfriend Greg Layton survey the damage to the Kamala Beer Garden, a well-known expat hangout in Phuket. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo.

PHUKET: The owners of a beer garden that went up in flames in Phuket early this morning are denying rumors that the blaze was set by a disgruntled former employee.

It took six fire engines about an hour to extinguish the fire that gutted the Kamala Beer Garden on the main road through Kamala before dawn today.

Owners Chollada Nakballang, 31, and her Canadian boyfriend Greg Layton, 51, were asleep in a room upstairs in an adjacent house when they smelled smoke and tried to scramble to safety.

The found themselves trapped inside as a metal roll-up security door downstairs became stuck.

Knowing the pair were trapped inside, neighbors outside tried frantically to pry the door open.

Ms Chollada ran through the beer garden and managed to use a chair to scale a wooden wall to safety, but injured her leg in the process.

Mr Layton, still trapped inside, was finally able to escape when a neighbor managed to tear away part of the metal door, creating an escape hole.

Six fire trucks from Kamala, Patong and Cherng Talay responded to the fire, but the entire establishment was ablaze by the time they arrived.

Phet Somnongwa, a 50-year-old masseuse at the nearby Angel Massage parlor, said it took about 30 minutes for the first firefighters to arrive.

Mr Layton reviewed closed-circuit television images that clearly showed sparks from a nearby utility poll starting the fire.

He denied a report that a former staff member was suspected of intentionally starting the fire.

The couple bought the beer garden about a month ago and did not have any insurance to cover the cost of the damages, which they estimated at about four to five million baht, they said.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Re: Phuket beer garden fire UPDATE Owners deny arson rumours
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012, 07:15:40 PM »
Mr Layton reviewed closed-circuit television images that clearly showed sparks from a nearby utility poll starting the fire.

That's why it isn't wise to built houses directly at the street where the electricity lines run. Hardly anybody in Thailand uses underground cables as they cost a fortune. But they definitely reduce the fire hazard.


 



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