Fisherman claims Pattaya beach fire was an act of arson

The fire was said to be an act of arson, photo by The Pattaya News.

A fisherman claims that a recent fire on a lesser-known Pattaya beach was a deliberate act of arson. The beach, located on Soi Naklua 18, is mostly used by fishermen who store their fishing gear, tables, and chairs. They later sell their catches in the nearby area.

The blaze occurred between 3am to 4am on Monday, burning some of the fishermen’s equipment and tools.

One fisherman, 41 year old Teeraphat Iampinyo, said that the fire started in the storage area for fishing nets. He told The Pattaya News that the fire was definitely an act of arson because two unidentified people were seen walking in the area before the incident.

Teeraphat added that a blaze had never happened in the area before, and they were fortunate that the fire department responded quickly to the incident, putting it out before it could significant harm.

Luckily, no one was injured in the blaze. However, Teeraphat is now in a tragic situation because most of his fishing equipment was destroyed, preventing him from continuing to make a living. The total damage cost over 300,000 baht, according to Teeraphat.

Pattaya law enforcement officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

Last month, a number of fires broke out in Pattaya.

On the night of February 15, a massive electrical fire broke out in front of a Pattaya massage parlour. Firefighters rushed to the scene on Pattaya Second Road in Soi 13 where a fire was burning overhead wires and signs in front of the fire. The firefighters were eventually able to put out the flames, however, some residents’ cars were damaged by falling droplets from the burning wires. An unidentified witness claimed that the fire was caused by workers who tried to install an overhead sign.

On the night of February 8, Chinese tourists fled from a terrible blaze at a Pattaya pool villa. The fire gutted a room on the second floor of the villa.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.