Connect with us

Phuket

Fire engulfs Phuket store, causes B10mn damage

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A fire at a construction equipment store in downtown Cherng Talay this morning caused an estimated 10 million baht in damages, according to Phuket Police.

Cherng Talay Police at 6am were informed of a fire at the Cherng Talay Ruam Wassadu store, located near their police station on Srisoonthorn Road.

Some 10 fire trucks and 40 officers arrived, dispatched from Cherng Talay Municipality, Patong Municipality, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket (DDPM-Phuket), and the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (OrBorJor).

A water truck from the nearby Laguna Phuket resort complex also assisted in the effort to extinguish the blaze.

Access to the fire was made difficult by power cables suspended across the front of the building. Firefighters also had to break though a wall on the upper floors to douse the flames.

The key firefighting apparatus was the versatile Iveco Bronto Skylift cherry picker operated by the DDPM-Phuket.

A witness told Phuket Gazette that the fire appeared to have started on the first floor of the three-story shophouse, which was vacant at the time.

It took about half an hour for Cherng Talay Municipality workers to arrive, by which time the fire had spread upstairs, the witness said.

It wasn’t until about 8:30am that all of the equipment needed to fight the fire arrived at the scene.

The flames were finally extinguished by about 9:30am.

Shopowner Kamol Sawatdee-udom was too busy coordinating with officers to comment or say whether the building was covered by accident insurance.

His wife was also at the scene, crying inconsolably as she watched the family business go up in flames.

Cherng Talay Police said they suspected an electrical short started the conflagration, which was fuelled by volatile chemicals such as paint thinner stored inside.

Police estimated the damage at about 10 million baht.

One firefighter hurt his hand in the firefighting effort. No other injuries were reported.

— Atchaa Khamlo

 

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:

Travel3 hours ago

10 Isan food you need to try at least once

Thailand3 hours ago

VIDEO: Floods tear through highway in northeast Thailand

Crime3 hours ago

13 murdered, including 7 kids by Russian neo-Nazi

Sponsored12 hours ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Thailand4 hours ago

Vegetarian Festival on Yaowarat Road starts today

Thailand4 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Baht continues surge against strong dollar

Bangkok5 hours ago

VIDEO: Fire falls like rain from communication cables in Bangkok

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand5 hours ago

Father allegedy kills daughter’s cat for stealing his meatballs

Central Thailand6 hours ago

Whale watching season begins in Phetcha Buri

Special Features6 hours ago

Top 10 studio condos in Phuket (2022)

Crime6 hours ago

Thai court overwhelmed with evidence in Forex-3D fraud case

Tourism7 hours ago

Airport expansion plans hastened across Thailand

Thailand7 hours ago

Viral video: American man joins Thai dance in Isaan rite

Politics8 hours ago

China backs Thailand to make APEC a success

Politics9 hours ago

Gen-Z students oppose an unelected senate 17 to 1

Thailand9 hours ago

Foreigner allegedly using dogs to scam Chiang Mai locals

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