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Fire destroys plastic water pipes in Rassada

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Last evening (Monday) a fire swept through a storage area for huge pipes in Rassada which were to be used for the Phuket City Municipality flood problem-solving project. No injuries was reported as the blaze engulfed the storage area.

At about 6.30pm, at the rear of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) hospital, a fire started where piping for the Phuket City Municipality flood relief project were being stored.

Firefighters with five fire engines arrived at the scene to discover the blaze. It took more than an hour to bring the fire under control. In the meantime social media was abuzz with the plumes of black smoke which could be seen from kilometers away. About 30 plastic water drain pipes were damaged with an estimated replacement value about 6 million Baht.

52 year old Rapeepong Songtawee, a staff member of the Siampan Wattana Company says “the company is renting the area for about one year to store this infrastructure equipment which was to be used in the construction on Surin Road, Phang Nga Road and Soi Weerapong Hongyok. No one was taking care of this place.”

Kongka Sangmuang, the head of worker camp nearby, says he noticed the fire start. So he called other workers to help put out the fire.

Mr Kongka told police that he also saw 35 year old Surapit Tipprasong who always drinks in this area, was drinking alcohol before the incident happened. When the fire started he ran out from the storage area. Mr Surapit was taken to the Phuket City Police Station to assist police with their enquiries.

Mr Surapit insisted he didn’t know anything about the fire. Police have charged him with being drunk and disorderly in public.

At no stage was the OrBorJor hospital under any threat from the fire.

Forensic Police are continuing their investigation to find the cause of the big fire.

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