Pattaya Daily News

17 December 2007 :: 18:12:28 pm 38245

BLAZE ERUPTS AT JAPANESE RESTAURANT; TEN MILLION BAHT DAMAGES

Police Captain Suriya Wariwong, an inquiry official from the Pattaya Police Station, was notified at 4am on 16 December 2007, that a fire had erupted at the Kabuto Yakinic Japanese Restaurant, located at 385/11 Moo 10, South Pattaya, Banglamung, Chonburi.
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Superintendent, Police Colonel Nopadol Wongnom, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Chatchai Reuntawin, along with the Pattaya Fire Department, rushed to the scene of the blaze. The structure, situated on two rai of land, was built out of wood in the Japanese style. The blaze caused the roof to collapse. Fortunately, as the restaurant was already closed and there were no people inside, there were no injuries. However, the fire caused extensive damage to the building. It took firefighter thirty minutes to bring the blaze under control. Police checked the restaurant and attempted to locate witnesses. They also interviewed a security guard from SK Company, Mr. Wiroj Doungsoongnern (32), who was on duty when the fire erupted. Mr, Wiroj did not observe any suspicious activity before the fire. After the restaurant closed at 12:20am, Mr. Wiroj was making his rounds, as usual, when he suddenly heard the sounds of flames crackling from the top of the roof, which contained a large number of decorative spotlights.

As the building is rather tall, Mr. Wiroj was unable to put out the fire by himself, and he called the authorities. The owner, Mr. Sakda Rojanaporn (34), his wife and partners, were summoned to the scene, and were quite shocked by all the damage. The restaurant, which serves Japanese food to mostly Korean customers, closes at midnight. After closing, the owners usually check the premises and secure the door with a lock. Nobody is allowed to sleep on the premises at night. There is one security guard posted at the restaurant after it closes. The proprietors told police that they had invested 20 million baht in their Japanese and Korean beef grill, which has only been open for one year. Damages were estimated at ten million baht. The restaurant is insured, for fire, by Siam Commercial Bank.

Police Colonel Nopadol stated that the cause of the fire may have been electrical and observed that, as the building is made of wood, it is highly flammable. Officials will investigate, further, to determine the exact cause of the blaze.


Notes:
Pattaya Daily News wishes to remind its readers that fires can easily occur during the dry season. Often, homeowners don’t properly insure their property unless the bank or finance company requires them to. Although the fire department has upgraded its equipment, it is still difficult to extinguish fires in tall buildings or congested areas.

Building owners should have a plan of action in case of fire. Occupants must be informed of the escape route in case of a fire. Some of Pattaya City’s budget should be dedicated to fire prevention training. This is certainly as important as Welcome to Pattaya signs or redundant traffic signals which confuse drivers and cause accidents.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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