Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Old Phuket couple homeless after fire guts property

PHUKET: An old aged couple from Thalang have been left homeless after a fire completely gutted their wood and corrugated tin property last night.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 7 August 2017, 11:00AM

The fire totally destroyed the wood and corrugated tin property. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The fire totally destroyed the wood and corrugated tin property. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Deputy Chief of Investigation Lt Col Anukul Nooket and Capt Warawut Sensoap of the Thalang Police; Mr Danai Jaikheng, a security officer from Thalang District Office; Mr Somphop Konkaew, Chief of the Thepkrasattri Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), firefighters from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) and rescue workers were called to the scene, at a house in Soi Suanwat 1 (At the back of Thepkrasattri Temple or Wat Baandon) in Thalang, at about 6pm yesterday (Aug 6).

They arrived to find the house, made of wood and corrugated tin ablaze. Fire fighters took 30 minutes to put the fire out.

The house and all items inside were destroyed by the fire.

Capt Warawut said, “The house belonged to an old couple named Mr Suwan Sandoat, 81, and Ms Samorn Sandoat, 74. Ms Samorn is wheelchair-bound as he she has no right leg.

“The couple shared the property with five other family members,” he said.

Officials met with Mr Suwan and Ms Samorn at a nearby property where Mr Suwan said, “Before the accident happened the others went out to work. I turned on the old radio and soon noticed smoke coming from it. I immediately called for help because my wife is in a wheelchair.

“The fire quickly spread throughout the property, but one of my neighbours grabbed a Luang Por Champ Buddha image for me,” Mr Suwan said.

Capt Warawut said “The cost of damage is many hundred thousand baht. Forensic police will investigate to find the cause of the fire.”

Mr Somphop of the Thepkrasattri OrBorTor added, “For now the couple will have to live with their relatives nearby. After that we will have to build a new house for them to live in.

“People who have learned about this accident have already made donations to the couple,” he said.

Mr Danai of the Thalang District Office said, “This is the second time in nearly 24 hours that a property has been gutted by fire in Thalang. The first fire was at a furniture business (see story here), and this is right next door to the couple’s house.

“In addition, this house where the old couple lived in was behind the temple where a monk’s assistant was killed (see story here). The house is only 10 metres away from the temple wall.”  



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.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Over 1,000 arrested in Phuket ‘Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’ clampdown

I think Phuket would be a better, safer place if the government applied as many resources to crack d...(Read More)

Fishing the exotic

Dragging an animal around via a steel hook in its mouth, until it dies, or is put thru huge distress...(Read More)

VIDEO: An Inside Look at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

"Unfortunately there are some that still don't have a clue," true, and it's you....(Read More)

Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes to the streets

"Well you did actually, that's because you have no idea of what the piercing signifies,&quo...(Read More)

Chinese tourist volume continues dip, but FITs rise

Devaluate the Baht and clean up the tourist destinations and western tourists will come back....(Read More)

Phuket rubbish collector killed in road accident

"still doesn't make any sense" and therefore lies the problem, you just don't, can...(Read More)

One dead in ‘Phoenix’ salvage operation

"There is no need for idiots on here to surmise what occured," and you keep commenting... ...(Read More)

Chinese tourist volume continues dip, but FITs rise

In China people are waiting for 'salvage' of the Phoenix. By now, just 3.5 months talk abo...(Read More)


Melbourne Cup 2018