BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Homeless man sought over Phuket Town building fire

Homeless man sought over Phuket Town building fire

PHUKET: Firefighters are investigating a blaze that saw a commercial building catch fire in the heart of Phuket Town last night (Jan 9), with a homeless man using the back of the building as a shelter as the prime suspect.


By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 10 January 2021, 12:20PM


Phuket City Municipality firefighters were called to the three-storey commercial building, located near the Lan Nawamin public area on Phuket Rd, at about 10:30pm.

Firefighters arrived to find the back of the  building covered with flames.

The fire teams took just 15 minutes to douse the fire, and confirmed that no people were injured in the incident.

The fire had damaged two units at the shophouse building. The cost of the damage caused by the fire has yet to be estimated.

Local residents explained that no people were known to be living in the building, which was reported to be owned by the Apiwattatorn Co Ltd. The local residents said they believed the building was for sale.

However, local residents also reported that a homeless man had been seen regularly using the back of the building as a shelter, where he was protected from wind and rain on three sides.

It is believed that the man, estimated to be 55-60 years old, may have inadvertently started the fire by leaving a candle or lit incense unattended.

Officials are continuing their efforts to locate the man for questioning.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

@foot the districts that have spoken out on the subject Patong, Chalong, and Phuket Town have stated...(Read More)


Survey highlights tourism concerns

Thailand's tourism industry was successful in spite of all the foolish things its "experts&...(Read More)


Patong, Phuket Town join push for free COVID vaccinations for all residents

It's a real shame that the local governments care more about it's residents than Bangkok. @...(Read More)


Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

The explanation/expectation of how this year Covid-19 wise will work out for Phuket is a 'lose ...(Read More)


Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

"By that time, the 70% of the population on Phuket is to be vaccinated for the disease." ...(Read More)


Patong, Phuket Town join push for free COVID vaccinations for all residents

Svcoquette, guess that foreign residents have to show business/retirement visa in passport + person...(Read More)


Phuket tourism industry calls to end quarantine for Bangkok arrivals, pitches plan to revive tourism by October

Greed ahead of common sense why would Phuket allow tourism from the anywhere north of Chumpon when d...(Read More)


Deadliest catch: Recycling Thailand’s ‘ghost’ fishing nets

Great initiatives/doings! But prevention is better than curing. I still advocate again that Thai Ma...(Read More)


Phuket protected forest encroachment to be handed to DSI

Wow Kurt ! At 02.48 you are still determined to post such a "brilliant "comment. Life in...(Read More)


Patong, Phuket Town join push for free COVID vaccinations for all residents

Will the foreigners, like us, who came on tourist VISAs and are now stuck here be able to get the va...(Read More)