Connect with us

Phuket

Another Phuket Burmese labor camp destroyed by fire

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A Burmese labor camp said to belong to a Phuket City policeman was completely destroyed by fire this morning. The blaze, which broke out in the Samkong camp at about 4:30am, leveled 15 huts and damaged three neighboring homes.

More than 30 workers were asleep in the camp, but none was injured.

Four fire trucks took almost 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which consumed the tin-roofed, wooden camp quickly.

Police say the fire destroyed virtually all of the occupants’ possessions – mainly TV sets, radios, clothes and cooking fuel and equipment. The workers had had to flee the camp immediately upon awakening.

Police are unable to estimate the damage as yet because a substantial amount of construction equipment was also destroyed.

The workers told the Gazette they think the blaze came from arson, not an electrical short circuit as is often the case in Phuket’s labor camp fires. Some said they thought they knew who started the fire, but would not give any names as they feared revenge.

They said the camp, located in Soi Samakkee on Yaowarat Road, was owned by a Phuket City police sergeant. The Gazette has not been able to verify that such is the case.

Last month also saw a labor camp destroyed by fire in Phuket. For that story, click here.

— Yodsak Jarana

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Storm Noru causing floods, death in northeast Thailand

Thailand10 hours ago

Airspace over Bangkok airport closed for airforce parade

Phuket11 hours ago

Four alleged investment scammers arrested in Phuket

Sponsored1 day ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

Thailand11 hours ago

1 year old child allegedly snatched while parents slept

Air Pollution11 hours ago

For health reasons – Bangkok’s proposed congestion charge

Bangkok11 hours ago

As rain pours down on northern Thailand, Bangkok ups its canal drainage

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Cannabis11 hours ago

Traditional Thai medicine clinics offering cannabis treatments in Thailand

Health12 hours ago

Fizz buzz – Will kratom drinks ever hit the spot?

Patong12 hours ago

Four suspects admit they assaulted US tourist in Patong

Hot News13 hours ago

Doctor’s “sorry, not sorry” attitude after alleged hit-and-run of students lands him in hot water

Thailand13 hours ago

Police ignore cheating antics of drunk Bangkok cabbie

Pattaya13 hours ago

Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

Thailand13 hours ago

Thai doctor warns against eating bats after ‘bat hunter’ sells for 100 baht per kilo

World14 hours ago

Kamala Harris visits South Korea a day after North Korea fires missiles

Events14 hours ago

Spartan Race to hit Phuket in November

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending