PHUKET: Two men escaped injury after their houses caught fire in Phuket Town early this morning.
Firefighters were called to the scene, inside the Sapan Ruam 1 Community, at about 6:30am and spent an hour battling the flames.
The owners of the homes, Sombut Dechapan, 49, and Prakob Suwan, 62, were both asleep when the fire broke out, but managed to escape and watch as firefighters put out the blaze.
Both houses were completely gutted in the fire, which caused an estimated 100,000 baht in damage.
“We believe that the fire started in Mr Sombut’s house. He told us that he was asleep when he started to feel heat coming from something,” said Lt Col Amponwat Sangruang of the Phuket City Police. “He woke up to find the back of his house on fire.
“Though he rushed to get firefighters, the flames managed to spread to Mr Prakob’s house. Luckily no one was injured.”
Police are continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire.
— Kritsada Mueanhawong