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06 August 2008 :: 12:08:46 pm 10727

Blaze At Pattaya Furniture Warehouse Causes Bt10 Million Damage

A furniture warehouse caught fire on August 5, 2008, in the middle of Pattaya City, and was extensively damaged. A Burmese worker informed the owner and helped to put out the fire before fire-fighters arrived. Unfortunately, despite the the fire-fighters valiant efforts, the warehouse was completely burnt out. Officials assume the cause of fire was an electrical short-circuit.
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PM, on August 5, Pattaya Pol.Capt. Chanathat Nawakunarangsri, was notified about an extensive fire at Pattaya K. Company, a large export furniture warehouse, behind Asian Moon, located at 257/10, Moo 6, Sukhumvit, Central Pattaya. Pol.Col.Nopadol Wongnom, Pattaya Superintendent, Mr.Ronakit Akasing, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, along with 5 fire tenders, 2 lighting trucks and Sawang Boriboon rescue rushed to investigate.

Arriving at the scene, a 10 unit long, a tin-roofed furniture warehouse, the team found it ablaze, fuelled by large quantities of thinners, turpentine and wood. There were many kinds of Thai wooden and rattan furniture in assembly, some ready for both domestic and export use, which were all burnt out. The fire-fighters took more than an hour to put out the blaze, but the main warehouse, itself, burnt down. Officials inspected the back of warehouse and found only a few rattan chairs and sofas undamaged. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Miss Jatuporn Pisalwalert (37), the owner of the Pattaya K. warehouse, had rented the space behind Asian Moon, to make furniture for export. Mr. Pradit Chumueng (30), the warehouse manager, told officials that 8 Burmese workers were staying in the warehouse. Mr. Suthep (32), one of the Burmese who was a witness, said that it had been raining heavily for an hour, and after the rain lessened, an electric cable in the warehouse had apparently short-circuited, emitting sparks and then caught fire. He immediately informed the owner and all of them attempted to put out the fire, but it was too heavy to cope with. The fire effectively burnt out all furniture in the warehouse before the fire-fighters arrived to help. Luckily, some of the workers had managed to salvage some of the valuable items from the warehouse.

The damage caused by the fire was estimated at Bt10 millio, due to the fact that most of the furniture was expensive and for export. In addition, 2 motorbikes belonging to the workers were also damaged. Officials will bring in experts to inspect the scene, today, to find the actual cause of the fire.

 

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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