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Fire breaks out on Thailand tourist hotspot Phi Phi Island

9 February 2018 3:52 AM
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A huge fire broke out on Phi Phi Island in Thailand, a popular tourist destination on Tuesday night.

One witness told Fairfax Media she saw five hotels and hostels up in flames, with the blaze "spreading like wildfire".

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A huge fire, possibly started by a gas canister explosion, has been ‘spreading like wildfire’ through the tourist island of Phi Phi in Thailand.

Carla said there were "lots of Australian travellers" on the island, and she saw people being carried around with burns.

Local media reports a gas cylinder explosion is believed to have started the fire, which started in a hotel, and two people were reportedly injured.

The Phuket News says tourists and residents were evacuated to safer areas, which included the beach.

Multiple local reports say the fire started in a hotel at Soi Slinky about 9.30pm, before quickly spreading to more than 20 other nearby shopfronts, including restaurants and hostels.

Unverified video from the island shows backpackers, tourists and locals passing buckets of water to help fight the blaze.

The fire had was brought under control by about 11pm local time, according to ThaiPBS, who report two Thai nationals and one foreign tourist had sustained minor injuries.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said local authorities have confirmed no Australians were injured by the fire.


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