Phuket house fire leaves residents reeling: Investigation heats up

A destructive house fire yesterday ravaged a residence in Srisoonthorn, Phuket, leaving devastation in its wake. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

An electrical short circuit is believed to have ignited a fire that caused extensive damage to a house in Srisoonthorn last night around 9.30pm.

Firefighters from Srisoonthorn Fire Station rushed to the scene, located in the alley behind the Baan Manik Health Centre, upon receiving the call. Upon arrival, they found the house engulfed in flames. It took approximately 40 minutes for the firefighters to extinguish the fire, and fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The homeowner, 71-year-old Bunma Suayson, informed officers that he noticed the smell of smoke and began searching for its source. He then heard what he believed to be firecrackers and observed sparks falling onto the floor at the front of the house. Initially attempting to extinguish the fire himself, he soon became overwhelmed and contacted emergency services for assistance, reported Phuket News.

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Fire investigators are currently conducting further inquiries into the cause of the fire, while the extent of the damage is yet to be assessed.

Phuket house fire leaves residents reeling: Investigation heats up | News by Thaiger

Phuket house fire leaves residents reeling: Investigation heats up | News by Thaiger
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Meanwhile, police are investigating the mysterious death of a Thai man who allegedly committed suicide soon after a drunken row with his Burmese wife. The Thai man bit his Burmese wife’s lip before allegedly committing suicide by setting himself on fire at their shared home in the Saimai district of Bangkok on April 7. However, the circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery.

The 51 year old Thai man, Amnart, was found dead at his home in Soi Phahonyothin 54/1 at around 10.30pm on April 7. His body was found charred on his bed, with a cooking gas cylinder located nearby.

Amnart’s relative, Kai, reported his death to the Saimai Police Station. She told officers that Amnart finished his work as a security guard at about 7pm and drank alcohol with her husband at her house until 8pm before returning home.

In related news, last week an absentminded Thai man inadvertently triggered a catastrophic blaze by smoking while filling up petrol bottles leading to a catastrophic blaze that engulfed his house and caused moderate injuries in Nong Prue, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri.

On Wednesday, April 3, a man inadvertently triggered a catastrophic blaze by smoking while filling up petrol bottles. The resulting fire engulfed his house and resulted in moderate injuries.

As three fire trucks raced to the scene, a large crowd gathered around the burning shop house, its zinc roof ablaze and flames raging intensely. Firefighters swiftly evacuated nearby residents and deployed water cannons to quench the inferno. Yet, it took nearly 30 minutes of relentless effort to bring the roaring flames under control.

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