Fire engulfs Phetchaburi warehouse, 15 fire trucks deployed

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A massive fire engulfed a plastic and chemical storage warehouse in Phetchaburi, prompting authorities to deploy 15 fire trucks in an attempt to control the blaze, the cause is believed to have been an electrical short circuit.

Head of Khao Yoi Police Station in Phetchaburi, Police Colonel Thip Khengkhoom, led the response to the fire at Universal Flexible Packaging Co., Ltd. warehouse in Nong Chumphon Subdistrict. The fire, which broke out yesterday, spread rapidly and fiercely, leading to immediate coordination with nearby emergency units for support.

Upon arrival, responders found the warehouse engulfed in intense flames with thick black smoke visible from afar. The warehouse stored plastic pellets, chemicals, and plastic packaging materials such as plastic bags, which fuelled the fire significantly.

Firefighters and rescue teams deployed over 15 fire trucks, including chemical fire trucks, to tackle the blaze. Despite wrestling the fire for over an hour, the blaze remained out of control. Additional chemical fire trucks from nearby areas were called in to assist.

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Initial investigations suggest the fire was likely caused by an electrical short circuit. Fortunately, no employees were inside the warehouse at the time of the incident.

Local village headman, Anan Chantharachot revealed that there was a small amount of smoke at first, but the factory did not allow emergency personnel to intervene. This negligent delay allowed the fire to spread rapidly, exacerbated by the warehouse’s contents, which acted as excellent fuel, reported KhaoSod.

As efforts to control the fire continued, authorities remained focused on preventing further damage and ensuring the safety of surrounding areas. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential hazards associated with storing flammable materials and the necessity of immediate response to any signs of danger.

In related news, a devastating fire broke out in the pet section of Chatuchak Market early this morning, destroying 118 shops and resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,000 animals. The fire, which started at around 4.30am, left employees scrambling for safety as thick smoke filled the area.

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