Long-idled Koh Larn ferry destroyed by fire

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Fire destroyed an 8-million-baht Koh Larn ferry at Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya, but no one was injured.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the smoky blaze that gutted the Petada 10 Dec. 22. Nearby speedboat captains had tried to quell the flames before they got out of control, but were unsuccessful. Authorities eventually had to tow the burning boat away from the dock in order to prevent the fire from spreading to other boats.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the smoky blaze that gutted the Petada 10.It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the smoky blaze that gutted the Petada 10.

The boat, which operated as a ferry between Pattaya and Koh Larn, was operated by Petada Travel. Managing Director Ratree Kaoropkru said the vessel recently had encountered engine problems and been idled at Bali Hai for three months.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.