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Patong fire destroys 12 shops, causes more than B1mn in damage

Patong fire destroys 12 shops, causes more than B1mn in damage

PHUKET: A fire at a parade of market stalls in the heart of Patong early this morning (July 18) has caused an estimated B1 million in damage.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 18 July 2019, 12:35PM

No people were injured in the fire, which broke out at the S.B. Plaza on Rat-U-Thit-200 Pi Rd at about 2am, firefighters confirmed.

Five fire trucks were quickly dispatched to the scene and had the fire under control by about 3am, The Phuket News was told.

In total 12 shops in the arcade were affected by the fire, which destroyed an estimated B1 million in goods, confirmed Lt Col Patiwat Yodkwan of the Patong Police.

The affected area has been sealed off while the cause of the fire is investigated, Col Patiwat said.

Although an electrical short circuit was initially suspected as the cause of the fire, Col Patiwat noted, “Right now we are still not sure exactly what started the fire. We will know more when our investigation has concluded.”

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Kurt | 19 July 2019 - 11:49:54

In 1 week a student died, 1 in hospital after electrocution, shops burned down.
'Case closed',....  Yeah, that is the way it goes on Phuket. No one responsible. Up to the next nasty 'electrical' accident.

DeKaaskopp | 18 July 2019 - 17:35:31

"Of course electrical short circuits.That is always the case,same like..." Good news for this investigation and all further investigations into a fire.The great expert on everything decided already.Case closed.

Kurt | 18 July 2019 - 14:31:17

Of course, electrical short circuits. That is always the case, same like that 'killing pole' at school play ground a few days ago.
Well, here now lots of illegal copy goods destroyed, that is good.  However, is it not time thai Officials are going to catch up with safe international technical ways of electric installations? Less fires, safe play grounds, safe having a shower.

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