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    Briton sets fire to hotel in Chiang Mai

    I don't know about this "calming him down" shite, he could have killed someone.

    A British tourist was arrested in Chiang Mai early on Thursday, a few hours after he allegedly set fire to a hotel near the Chiang Mai bus terminal in Muang district late on Wednesday night.

    Police said the Chiang Mai fire station was alerted to the blaze at the hotel on Kaew Navarat Road in Tambon Wat Ked at around 11pm. Firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the blaze in about half an hour.
    Six Thai and foreign hotel guests, who were stranded on a balcony of the third floor, were rescued and escorted out to safety by firefighters.
    At 2am, Mae Ping Police Station was alerted that a foreigner was causing a disturbance and shouting loudly at a noodle shop on Ratanoskin Road in Tambon Wat Ked.


    Police took the Briton into custody to calm him down. Police were informed by the hotel officials that he was the guest who had allegedly set fire to his room on the second floor of the hotel.
    Police declined to identify the Briton and said he had yet to be interrogated about his motive.
    Feeds from security cameras of the hotel showed the man running around shouting inside the hotel before he ran out and disappeared.


    Police and firefighters checked the fire scene and found that the blaze started from Room 203 where the 27-year-old Briton stayed.
    A receptionist, Sahasawas, 23, told police that the Briton checked in alone at noon on Wednesday. At 10pm, the Briton came to the front desk and shouted at the receptionist and threatened to harm Sahasawas, so he stepped into the office to avoid the Briton.
    The receptionist said he smelt smoke at 11pm and when he checked, he found smoke coming out of Room 203.
    Six hotel guests, who were stranded in their rooms and later rescued, said they smelt fumes. When they came out of their rooms, they found the hallway filled with smoke. They could not see the exit so they decided to climb onto the balcony to wait for help.
    The hotel manager told police that the fire was definitely an act of arson because the room has a safety braking system to prevent short circuit.
    The manager said the hotel had suffered severe damage and it would take about seven days for repairs. He estimated the damage at about 200,000 to 300,000 baht, not counting the value of losing guests during the repair period.

    British tourist arrested for allegedly setting fire to Chiang Mai hotel


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    that's not withnallstoke is it?????

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    So the alarm was raised at 11pm and it took the keystone cops 3 hours to apprehend him.

    As i've said before, one of the joys of Thailand is the sheer idiocy of its police and the hilarious situations its citizens get into - i love the news in the morning, it is without doubt one of the finest comedies around.

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    Why does a news thread open with a personal comment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Why does a news thread open with a personal comment?
    Cat’s fur … to make you a pair of britches. That’s what’s fer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Why does a news thread open with a personal comment?
    Why are you such a whiny little bitch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    the room has a safety braking system
    the brakes did not fail

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    the brakes did not fail
    Shit that must have been travelling.

    Oh fuck, another personal comment on a news thread, Edmond will be apoplectic.

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    Pommies...No surprises

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    From free basing to confined base

    I foresee a small room with many newchums, then a big bill , finally economy single as predicted by Arson Wanger

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post


    that's not withnallstoke is it?????

    No. I'm in England.

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    Ah to b in England now that Withnail's there

    I'll be gracing teh Celtic Sea in July if I get near Oatcake Land I'll get a round in

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