GRAND TOWER INN
Police suspect the hotel worker killed in the Grand Tower Inn fire on Sunday might have been the arsonist who lit the blaze.
They said the man, a waiter in the hotel restaurant, had been in a dispute with management and witnesses had heard him pledge to "die with" the hotel two days before the fire. Eleven others were injured in the blaze that broke out about 2am at the hotel, in Khlong San district.
A probe by investigators from Samre police station found the blaze was most likely an act of arson. They said the fire broke out almost simultaneously at nine spots in the hotel.
Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang yesterday met investigators to discuss the case. They said the body of Pongsakorn "Tee" Boon-aram , 45, was found in a third-floor room. Police suspect he died from smoke inhalation. A cigarette lighter was found near his body.
Witnesses told police the worker was extremely stressed two days before the fire broke out. The witnesses quoted him as saying: "I love this hotel and will die with it." Police searched the man's house and found messages in his bedroom that indicated he might have been involved in a dispute with hotel management.
Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit said evidence and witness accounts suggested Pongsakorn might be the arsonist.
The city police chief said witnesses had also confirmed seeing Pongsakorn near all of the fire's starting points.