Pattaya Daily News

11 April 2008 :: 12:04:00 pm 11601

Fire In Empty Pattaya Apartment Ignites Transformer Threatening To Engulf Wat Chaimonkol Area

In the middle of the night, at 3.30am, on April 10, 2008, a fire erupted in a four-storey shop house, next to Wat Chaimonkol, South Pattaya, sparks from which set a giant electrical transformer, nearby, ablaze, which subsequently exploded, showing the surrounding area with fumes and sparks. It took two hours for fire fighters to bring the blaze under control.
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The row of twenty shop-houses in the centre of Pattaya, housed the empty apartment on the second floor, above a real estate company, which initially caught fire and was the cause of the subsequent transformer fire. The building was moderately damaged, but there were no injuries.

The notification of the fire at 3.30am, on April 10, to Pattaya Superintendent Pol.Col. Nopadol Wongnom, led him to marshal a substantial rescue squad, consisting of the police, Pattaya Fire Department, Electric Company officials and Sawang Boriboon Rescue, with a phalanx of seven fire engines and a cable car; even so, it still took two hours to put out the two fires.

Police suspected the initial cause of the fire was an electrical short circuit, from evidence of eye witnesses and scorch marks on the ceiling of the apartment on the second floor, which subsequently burst into flames.

The owner of the real estate company and the caretaker of a neighbouring beauty salon both told the investigating officers that the room upstairs was empty after the shops had closed. Miss Sukontha Thongkhao (39), a tenant of a third floor rented room said that she heard a noise resembling an electrical short circuit from the room below, and suddenly fumes erupted all over the building. She and a pregnant neighbour grabbed their valuables and managed to escape.

Police initially assumed that the cause of the fire could have been an old, faulty electrical cable in the ceiling of the second floor empty apartment. Police will conduct further investigations to determine the actual cause of the fire.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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