Hundreds of Thai and foreign tourists ran in panic out of a walking street in South Pattaya late Saturday afternoon after an explosion from a huge transformer followed by fires at two beer bars.
No one was injured but the two beer bars in Soi Marine walking street were gutted, causing damage estimated at about ten million baht.
Bang Lamung chief district officer said Sunday that the fire started from the bursting of a huge transformer installed on the mid-section of an electricity pole and flame from the transformer spread to the nearest beer bar and, later on, to another one.
Ten fire trucks were rushed to the scene and it took them about an hour before the fire was put off, but after two beer bars and about 20 cars were damaged.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)