Tour bus burns, driver escapes unhurt

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A tour bus parked at a gas station outside Pattaya burst into flames, but the sleeping driver escaped unhurt.

The fire at the Siam Best NGV gas station on Highway 36 in Nong Plalai took about 30 minutes to control early March 21. 

The natural gas-powered bus, belonging to Golden Thai Travel Co., was badly damaged.

Driver Sathit Kachai, 27, said he stopped the bus overnight before going to pick up Chinese tourists at the Cholchan Resort. After all eight gas tanks were filled, he went to sleep.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze before it engulfed the whole bus.

The smell of smoke awoke him and he found flames coming from the front of the coach. He escaped safely.

Police were investigating the cause of the fire.