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17 March 2008 :: 14:03:47 pm 11941

Fire Bombers Allegedly Blitz Bmw In Pattaya

A BMW 320 parked in a Jomtien apartment car park off Thephrasit Road was set alight in the early morning of 15 March, reportedly by motorcycle fire bombers, who apparently looked Chinese.
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The blazing car, parked amongst others, constituted such a risk that the owners of nearby cars were dragged out of bed to move their cars to safety. Curious onlookers had also gathered to watch developments. Despite prompt action by the Fire Department Response Team, who took 15 minutes to extinguish the fire, the green BMW was a complete write off. Police investigators, led by Police Lieutenant Colonel Ekadit Seemoon, initially attributed the fire to a leaking LPG (liquid petroleum gas) tank in the boot of the car, but later evidence from a Belgian tourist staying at View Talay Villa Condominium, overlooking the car park, contradicted this initial assessment.

Mr. Jen Morten, the tourist, had actually witnessed the fire-bombing from his 18th Floor balcony. He told police he’d seen two men on a motorbike draw up to the car and throw an incendiary device at it, immediately setting the car on fire. He then descended to the Ground Floor, leapt on his motorbike, and sped to the car park, where he saw the two motorcyclists attempting to make a quick getaway. He pursued the arsonists, who he described as Chinese-looking, but they disappeared down a nearby, quiet soi.

Police later questioned the car owner, Mr. Navin Thong sa-art, (44) from Patoomthani, who supported the Belgian witness’ account of the incident, saying he’d had an LPG system installed for 5 years and had never previously had a problem with it. He told the police that he suspected the arson was the work of vindictive ex-employers whom he’d sued for non-payment of wages and who still bore him some animosity, even though he’d lost the court case.

Mr. Navin related how he’d parked his car at 8.00 pm the previous evening, 14 March, and had then gone to his nearby rented room. He was awakened early the next morning by a concerned neighbour and told his car was on fire. When he got to the car, the fire was already out of control, so he phoned the police at 4.30 am to re[ort the incident.

The police want to make further investigations before they finally decide the cause of the fire.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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