UPDATE: A rescue foundation firefighter was killed and more than 60 people were in the fire at a chemical factory in Samut Prakan, just outside Bangkok. The Ming Dih Chemical Co factory exploded overnight, sending black toxic smoke into the air.
Helicopters were deployed to the scene to spray flame retardant foam. By this evening, the fumes were headed toward Bangkok. People who live in a 5-kilometre radius near the factory were told to evacuate as a precaution.
Reports in Thai media say the rescue volunteer who died in the fire was 18 year old Kornsith Laophan.
This morning a plastics factory exploded in Samut Prakan, a province just south of Bangkok. There were many injuries reported.
The Ming Dih polystyrene factory caught fire around 3 am. Witnesses report hearing multiple explosions in the area. 10 people were injured and 2 were seriously injured. It was also reported that a huge fireball erupted from the factory.
It took firefighters 2 hours to put out the fire. Around 9:30 am, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Bang Phli district chief Somsak Kaewsena told people who live in a 5 kilometre radius to evacuate. Residents have also been cautioned against inhaling the smoke.
An investigation into the fire that turned the factory into a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie is ongoing.
Smoke from the fire could be seen almost 20 kilometres away in Pattanakarn
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