The current renter of the house - a motorcycle taxi drive - was at work at the time and came home to the blaze.
By the time three fire trucks from the Phuket Municipality Public Danger Relief Department reached the place, the house was almost entirely destroyed. The heavy rain in the narrow alley hampered efforts by firefighters, taking just over 30 minutes to put out the blaze. Neighbors also tried to help by fetching water from their well.
Taweesak Atipongthavorn, a 39-year-old neighbor, told Pol Capt Udom Petcharat that his wife heard sounds similar to a firecracker then smelled the smoke and saw the fire inside the house.
The destroyed wooden house belongs to a private company. After an investigation, the police found that the fire spread to some part of Mr Taweesak's house as well.
The renter, Chang [with no surname] told the police that there is a hole on the roof and whenever it rains, the water drops onto the plug, indicating that it may have caused the fire. However, the police has sent the investigation team from Phuket Office of Forensic Science Police to probe the place intensively.