August 17, 1993 |
Hours after giving up hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers late Monday discovered five women alive three days after they were trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel. Working under floodlights, rescue teams dug a tunnel to the women through concrete and steel. But they were unable to free the women, two of whom were described as very weak. The women were given food, water and soft drinks, and oxygen was pumped into the tunnel through plastic tubes.
August 16, 1993 |
Police arrested and charged six people, including the owner of the Royal Plaza Hotel, with criminal negligence in connection with the collapse of the hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima, 130 miles northwest of Bangkok. Rescue crews continued to dig tunnels and lift slabs of debris to search for survivors in the wreckage of a six-story hotel. The death toll has passed 100, with more than 50 still missing.
August 15, 1993 |
The bodies of 22 people were found in the coffee shop of a collapsed hotel late Saturday, bringing the confirmed death toll in Thailand's latest man-made disaster to 88, including a member of the U.S. Air Force. The 134-room Royal Plaza Hotel, advertised as the finest in this provincial capital 130 miles northeast of Bangkok, crashed down Friday into a pile of concrete and twisted steel. About 350 people were injured, most of them seriously.
August 14, 1993 |
A six-story hotel where hundreds of people from around the world were attending conferences came crashing down Friday. At least 43 people died, including an American soldier, and about 350 were injured. Crews worked into the morning hours looking for dozens trapped under the rubble of the Royal Plaza Hotel in Korat, a provincial capital and commercial center about 130 miles northeast of Bangkok. Air was pumped into the debris.
January 2, 1988 |
The death toll rose Friday to 13, including one American, in a New Year's Day fire in a Bangkok hotel that forced some guests to dive out windows into a swimming pool and others to scale the outside of the nine-story building to escape smoke and flames. The fire at the First Hotel began at 4 a.m. in a party room and raged for four hours. Thirty-six people were injured. The dead included a woman who fell from the helicopter flying her to safety.
January 1, 1988
Fire raced through a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, where revelers were celebrating New Year's, and at least eight people were killed, four of them foreigners, officials and witnesses said. The blaze engulfed the First Hotel in Bangkok at about 4:15 a.m., said Pairoj Chiravanpan, a public relations officer at the fire department.