Pattaya Daily News

06 October 2008 :: 15:10:32 pm 10323

NGV Van Explodes In The Middle Of The Night

At 0.25 am on 5th October a Sattahip naval base officer team and the fire department rushed to the residence of Sergeant Major Parathan Riengngern at 2073 Moo. 2, Sattahip who had reported his van was on fire.
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On arrival they found a green Toyota Van, registration no. 6302 Chonburi, in flames underneath a mango tree. Two fire trucks arrived late and were unable to put out the fire in time, and the van was completely destroyed. It took the firemen 30 minutes to extinguish the fire, which also damaged the mango tree. People living nearby were standing far away from the van in fear the van might explode.

The van owner, Sergeant Major Prathan, told police he had installed a 15 kg. NGV gas system 4 months previously at an installation service in Pattaya. The system had been problem free for the last 4 months. On 4th October, he took the van to the original suppliers for a scheduled inspection where a mechanic found the system free of any faults or problems.

He brought the van back to his house and parked it under the tree, whereupon 6 hours later he was notified by neighbours they had heard crackling sounds and seen flames emanating from the vehicle.

Mrs. Noklek Bankontot,[45], a witness who lived nearby, said she heard the sound of gas leaking quite loud from the front of the van and then a loud sound occurred before the flames appeared. The front tyres exploded after a few minutes, which frightened away the neighbours.

Sergeant Major Prathan said he didn’t think the van was deliberately set on fire and he presumed it was somehow caused by the gas system. He will contact the sytem installers soon to find out what caused the fire.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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