A fire broke out at a row of shophouses on Ko Phi-Phi off Krabri province at about 9.30 pm, prompting evacuation of local residents and tourists to safe areas.

The fire started at a small hotel at Soi Slinky and quickly spread out to about 20 adjoining shophouses and restaurants, according to eyewitnesses.

Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park officials, Navy officers and rescue workers were rushed to the scene to put off the fire and to evacuate panicky tourists and residents to safety.

Authorities managed to put the fire under control at about 11 pm.

Three people´┐Ż2 Thais and one foreign tourist sustained minor injuries from smoke inhalation. At least 25 restaurants, guest houses, and hotels are damaged, according to initial reports.

Officials suspected that the fire was caused by a bursting cooking gas tank.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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