Connect with us

Phuket

Austria-Phuket Community Center burns again

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Another fire broke out at the Austria-Phuket Community Center in Phuket Town last night, the second blaze there in less than 24 hours. Police once again suspect teenagers, who probably broke into the building to take drugs, were responsible.

Phuket City Police at 9:10pm received a report of the fire from local residents in the densely-populated area, on the far east side of Phuket Town.

By the time Phuket City Police arrived at the scene, they found Phuket City Municipality firefighters assisted by Kusoldharm Foundation workers putting out the blaze, which broke out in a large storage room.

The fire came just 20 hours after another fire damaged the women’s restroom on the second floor.

It only took firefighters ten minutes to get the flames under control. Subsequent inspection revealed damage to tables, chairs, public relations signs and part of the ceiling.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be fully investigated, but police think it may have been caused by a group of teenagers who broke into the facility to consume drugs. Drug paraphernalia, including a pipe used to smoke ya Ice (crystal meth) was found at the scene of the fire that broke out at the center just 20 hours earlier.

Local residents told police they saw a group of teenagers enter the building before last night’s fire broke out.

The fire at the center was the third in recent weeks. The first, on April 21, caused minor damage to another storage room.

The center was built to serve residents of the sprawling Kan Keha public housing estate over the town line in neighboring Rassada and other residents of the area, home to the island’s fishing and fish processing industries.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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:

Thailand17 mins ago

Red Shirts lead rally against Thailand PM on August 23

Bangkok1 hour ago

Emirates is recruiting cabin crew in Thailand

Thailand1 hour ago

Netizens slam cannabis firm for encouraging underage users

Sponsored5 hours ago

Super luxury villas in Phuket with breathtaking ocean views

Transport1 hour ago

Drunk driver in 2 hit-and-runs drags motorbike taxi 300 metres

Guides2 hours ago

Al fresco dining: where to dine outdoors in Bangkok

Ask an Agent2 hours ago

If your real estate agent does these things – Run!

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Thai man dies of suspected heart attack in love motel

Thai Life2 hours ago

Monsoon season in Thailand explained

Thailand3 hours ago

Blood pours from Thai man’s mouth who chewed pork skewer with blades inside it

North East4 hours ago

Sexy Thai model fined at 5,000 baht for dancing topless in club

South4 hours ago

13 pet ducks missing; 6-metre, 40-kilogramme snake to blame

Crime5 hours ago

Karen woman stabbed to death in central Thailand

Technology5 hours ago

China-Taiwan-US spat threatens Thailand’s car industry

Bangkok5 hours ago

83 Bangkok bars don’t meet safety standards

Politics5 hours ago

Anutin: “If I have to be the prime minister, I will be.”

Thailand11 months ago

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

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

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

Phuket1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

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

Tourism1 year 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