Prakong Lertsoongnern, 30, a security guard for the nearby Woraburi Hotel said he noticed the flames at around 6am this morning (October 19) and immediately called the Karon Municipality Office. Three fire trucks were dispatched to bring the fire under control.
Mr Prakong added that there were many tourists and residents nearby who feared that the fire would quickly spread to their hotels and homes. Fortunately the fire was contained and put out within 30 minutes. Nobody was injured.
An investigation is now underway to ascertain the cause of the fire.
It’s been a busy few days for the island’s firefighters, who battled all Wednesday night, in vain, to put out the SuperCheap fire.
Despite the extent of the damage and quickness with which Wednesday’s fire spread there have been no reported deaths.