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Phuket shopping mall clothes shop gutted by fire

PHUKET: A clothes shop at the Ocean Shopping Mall in Phuket Town was gutted by fire last night (April 23).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 10:45AM

The shop was closed at the time. No injuries were reported resulting from the fire.

Officials from the Phuket office of Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) stationed at the Phuket City Municipality were notified of the fire at 9:45pm.

Firefighters with five fire engines and rescue workers from the Kusoldharm Foundation soon arrived at the scene, the Hollywood clothes shop on the street frontage of the Ocean Shopping Mall on Tilok Uthit 1 Rd.

Phuket City DDPM Chief Pongsak Siritab, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansuppana and a team of officers from the Phuket City Police led by Lt Col Sakchai Chunyong were also present at the scene.


Firefighters broke the glass door to enter the shop and douse the fire, which took about one hour from them to bring under control.

The fire teams prevented the flames from spreading to adjoining shops and causing further damage.

At this stage police believe that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit. However, forensic police are investigating the scene today (April 24).

The Ocean Shopping Mall includes a multiplex cinema on the second floor. It was not reported whether any persons in the cinemas at the time were evacuated as a precaution.



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Rorri_2 | 28 April 2018 - 06:26:07

"or maybe just irrelevant mindless nonsense," but yours gets posted, I always find it very strange, especially when you call people names, eg, clowns, idiots, neocolonialists(use incorrectly I might add).

Jor12 | 27 April 2018 - 17:46:01

or maybe just irrelevant mindless nonsense.

BenPendejo | 27 April 2018 - 11:36:14

I think it is called censorship R-2... I am often a victim of it often, and comes with living in a pseudo "free" society.

Rorri_2 | 26 April 2018 - 17:53:59

Editor, this is BS.... why are my comments NOT being posted, you seem to allow others.

Jor12 | 24 April 2018 - 19:00:42

If you read the article it states, "...police believe that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit."

Kurt | 24 April 2018 - 16:34:28

This was (WAS!) a clothes shop, there are many more, souvenir shops, shoe shops, Optical shops, etc, etc, were a fridge/freezer not needs to work unattended.
All bits are helping to prevent fires, yes?
Or otherwise have electrical works properly installed.
Indeed, all this suggestions not need a genius, just logic and preventive thinking.

DeKaaskopp | 24 April 2018 - 14:03:49

"Close Shop?Shut down the main electric.." Great idea! Works very well with shops were they keep food in a fridge/freezer! A real genius!

Kurt | 24 April 2018 - 11:10:38

We al see many times the unprofessional electric wiring in shops and outside here on Phuket. 
Much of the time the pre conclusion of fire brigade is: 'electrical short circuit'.

Well, a good piece of advice to shops is: Close shop? Shut down the main electric board in your shop.
100% guarantee no fire break out. Find your shop next morning in good order.

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