Connect with us

Phuket

Inferno wipes out Phuket slum, leaving scores homeless

Published

 on 

Inferno wipes out Phuket slum, leaving scores homeless | Thaiger

PHUKET: A massive fire broke out in a slum in the Ban Buntham community off Prabaramee Rd in Patong last night. The blaze erupted at about 10pm and incinerated many apartment rooms, shanties and other makeshift dwellings, but there were no reports of injuries.

It took more than an hour for ten fire trucks and 40 firemen, drawn from as far away as Phuket Town, to extinguish the inferno, officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said at the scene.

Supaporn ‘Kae’ Lomasney, 28, told the Phuket Gazette: “I heard two huge explosions from gas tanks just outside the back of my room. I opened the back door and saw enormous fire coming from the shanties in Soi Slum [just four or five meters away].

“A woman was screaming ‘FIRE FIRE’, so I ran out of the room without taking anything.”

The owner of Supaporn’s apartment, Wassana Kahapana, said that most of the people living in the slum were Burmese, and that, “They always collect trash and other things for sale,” much of it inflammable and easily ignited.

Scores of now homeless dwellers in the slum were given tents by Patong municipality officers early this morning. With most of their dwellings now irreparable, it is not clear where they will go from here.

Kathu police, firemen and DDPM officers were still at the scene this morning, examining the ruins in hopes of finding the cause of the disaster.

— 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:

Press Room6 mins ago

Best island boat tours from Phuket – must-visit islands and unforgettable experiences you should not miss out on

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Foreigners anger Chiang Mai locals for kissing in temple

World2 hours ago

Former Coventry footballer seriously ill in Thai hospital

Crime2 hours ago

Weapons used by jealous Thai man to murder and chop up lover found

Guides2 hours ago

Foodie Zone: Should you try Keto diet? 2022

Chiang Mai2 hours ago

River in Chiang Mai overflows, floods spread

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand3 hours ago

3-year jail term for carrying crops, fruit & veg into Japan

Thailand3 hours ago

Bank repossesses the wrong house in central Thailand

Thailand3 hours ago

Innocent man jailed 7 months for 15.8 million baht theft demands justice

Weather3 hours ago

Thailand’s cold season expected to hit in late October

Thailand4 hours ago

ฺThai boxer blackmails 20 women into sending nude pics

World4 hours ago

South Korea gives North Korea a warning

Visa5 hours ago

Philippines offers attractive alternative to Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa

Phuket5 hours ago

Thousands join Chinese ceremony at Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Bang Sue’s Central Vaccination Centre officially closed

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