Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hotel Porter, 29, Dies after Saving BA Crew from Fire in Bedroom

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hotel Porter, 29, Dies after Saving BA Crew from Fire in Bedroom

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Byline: Andrew Drummond in Bangkok

TWO British Airways cabin crew members who accidentally started a fire in a Bangkok hotel room face legal action after a Thai man who helped to rescue them died.

The blaze was said to have been caused by candles the pair had lit in the room. The flames spread to a TV set and the man and his female colleague were saved by hotel staff who forced their way in and dragged them to safety.

The two crew, who were strike-breaking in the ongoing dispute between BA and the Unite union, recovered in hospital and returned to Britain this week, but a 29-year-old night porter who suffered smoke inhalation has died. Thai Police Lt. Colonel Suphong Karuna said today that BA bosses and management of the Amari Atrium Hotel had taken a "sensible approach" to the matter, which was why the airline workers had been released.

"They gave their word that this would be dealt with amicably, which means the family will be compensated for their loss," he said. …

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