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Electrical fault sparks Bangla shop arcade fire

Electrical fault sparks Bangla shop arcade fire

PHUKET: Police have confirmed that an electrical fault from a streetfront sign sparked a fire that engulfed a clothes shop and six other shops in a small arcade on Bangla Rd on Monday morning (Oct 12).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 10:09AM

Lt Col Kittisak Sommat of the Patong Police told The Phuket News today (Oct 14) that investigators have confirmed that the fire was not intentional.

“Witnesses confirmed that the fire started from sparks from an electrical sign in front of the shop,” he said.

Firefighters were called to the small arcade, located next door to the popular Sugar Club nightclub, at about 11:30am.

The fire quickly ripped through the clothes store’s merchandise of hats, shirts, shoes and other items of clothing, and spread to other shops in the arcade, Lt Col Kittisak said.

The total damage caused by the fire was estimated at about B2 million, he added.

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Plumes of heavy smoke could be seen from as far as the hills behind the beachfront town.

After arriving, firefighters took about 35 minutes to douse the fire, Lt Col Kittisak noted.

“All the shops are covered by fire insurance, I have already spoken with the insurance agent about the fire and we are waiting for the official report of forensic science investigators so we can hand that over to the agent,” he said.

“Investigators from the Phuket Forensic Police have inspected the site and collected items of evidence. They have forwarded some items to the Forensic Science regional headquarters in Surat Thani for further examination, so we expect that it will take some time for the official report to be completed, probably in about one month,” Lt Col Kittisak said.

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DeKaaskopp | 15 October 2020 - 16:53:11

Kurt, are you hallucinating ? Where did I comment  ?  You need to change your meds !

Jor12 | 15 October 2020 - 15:59:24

K...yes there is. Consult a lawyer.

Kurt | 15 October 2020 - 13:26:29

Dek doesn't want to understand that there are no rental contracts with a clause regarding the present Pandemic/lock down/no tourists situation. It is all up to initiative of premises owners or they feel social enough to lower the rent. So my question is not strange/irrelevant. Guess Dek will come up with another irrelevant/derailing reaction. As usual.

Jor12 | 15 October 2020 - 10:39:44 have to consult each individual rental agreement, so your query is irrelevant and adds nothing to the article. 

Kurt | 14 October 2020 - 20:46:19

When a fire destroys a insured shop full with merchandise, than  paying the shop rent stops, insurance  money for lost merchandise collected.  Than the shop entrepreneur can go back home town without any worries any more. Specially as coming year not gives business profits. Do owners of shop spaces do give shop rental discounts now during time they are closed?

Fascinated | 14 October 2020 - 12:46:05

@ 'electrical fires' n just a few days in closed businesses. Velllllllllllly Interestink.

Foot | 14 October 2020 - 12:35:23

Certainly don't know about this particular fire, but, authorities should prepare for many more in the future if insurance can help pay for the damages.
Just a result of the disappearance of tourism.


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