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Police hunt for firestarter after Kamala hills trash fire flares up

Police hunt for firestarter after Kamala hills trash fire flares up

PHUKET: Police have been asked to track down who started a trash fire in the hills behind Kamala yesterday (Mar 8) after the flames quickly scorched through the dry grass in the area and endangered local residents’ homes.

By The Phuket News

Monday 9 March 2020, 03:32PM

Nopporn Karuna, Deputy Chief of the Kamala Tambon Administrative Office (OrBorTor), told The Phuket News that his office was informed of the fire, on Khao Ketni (Ketni Hill) in Moo 5, Kamala, at 2:40pm yesterday.

“We were notified by local people that someone had set a pile of garbage on fire near the base of hill,” he said.

Firefighters from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) contingent stationed at Kamala OrBorTor arrived to find that the strong wind and dry grass fueled the fire to quickly spread up the hill.

“The fire spread so quickly. It reached about 50 metres from some people’s houses,” Mr Nopporn explained.

Understanding their limited ability to contain the fire, the Kamala firefighters called for help, resulting in a total of seven water trucks from nearby government agencies, including the Royal Thai Navy, arriving at the scene.

“At around 5pm, Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana also came to see the how the firefighters were progressing,” Mr Nopporn said.

The firefighters took until 10pm last night to douse the flames, he said.

“About 30 rai was scorched by the fire. In many areas the firefighters had difficulty in reaching the flames. The water trucks could not get close enough, and firefighters had to carry hoses across the terrain,” he explained.

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“We had some officers staying at the scene overnight to standby in case the fire started burning again,” Mr Nopporn added.

And that it did. Firefighters were called back to the scene at 7:30am to douse the fire after it flared up again.

As of midday today, the firefighters were satisfied that the flare-up had been contained and that the area had been soaked enough to prevent another the fire from restarting.

Mr Nopporn confirmed that a search for the firestarter is underway.

“We have already filed a complaint to Patong Police to search for the person who started the fire,” he said.

“Please don’t burn garbage,” Mr Nopporn urged.

“It is dangerous and can causes fires, and we have very little water which should be used for something else,” he said.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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Jor12 | 11 March 2020 - 23:12:42

R..wrong as normal.  I never said that any meaning was proven.
Who might K be, to tell people what to say or not to say.  Therein lies the crux of the comment. 
It is clearly is relevant to the article as offense was taken at the 
polite manner in which a request was made by officials which is totally abhorrent to the Germanic style whereby anyone offended someone corrects you.

Rorri_2 | 11 March 2020 - 13:20:15

"Yes Kurt, I’ve always thought that Thai people are too polite.  They should stop it immediately, and try to adopt a more Germanic attitude..." can someone explain this comment? I have tried, but it doesn't seem to have any relevance to this article. 

Rorri_2 | 11 March 2020 - 13:15:13

Jor12, you definition of "please" is correct, in saying that you prove K's comment correct, as so often we see a "request" being ignored, mate, how nice of you to finally agree with Kurt, there is hope you you yet.

Wiesel, grow up, try to a least understand, might be hard, it takes a little bit of thought and understanding, which you seem to be lacking in.

Jor12 | 11 March 2020 - 12:01:44

As previously stated, how does describing filthy sanitary processes in a main street in China become racist??  Best find out what racist means first, then you may continue on with your childish innuendo with the other kids about officialdom.  This is Asian not Europe. But then again Argentina, Greece et al., aren't all that crash hot.

Kurt | 11 March 2020 - 11:27:42

Hardly a disaster, F?  I red: 1: 30 Rai scorched. 2: It came 50 metres from houses. 3: Strong wind and dry grass. 4: Fire continued underground , flared up again in morning. 5: officers stand by overnight. 6: the precaire water situation on Phuket. This was a disaster escape!  Silence can kill, F.

Wiesel | 10 March 2020 - 23:47:43

Mr. K. please dont write such stupid comments.

ematt | 10 March 2020 - 20:05:29

Yes Kurt, I’ve always thought that Thai people are too polite.  They should stop it immediately, and try to adopt a more Germanic attitude....

Capricornball | 10 March 2020 - 19:13:21

Looks like the censors are back and active at PN...arbitrary as it may be. Let Jor go off on his racist anti-Chinese rant...but heaven forbid someone calls out Kamala officials for what they are.

Fascinated | 10 March 2020 - 19:05:07

Hardly a 'big disaster'in Kamala Insp K- if you lived there you would have seen it.  The fire guys were on this quickly and stayed until all the threat was gone.  Follow up in the morning backed this up. Best stick to what you do know- the silence would be a blessing.

Jor12 | 10 March 2020 - 17:33:17

As stated, "please" is a formal polite request.  Please everyone stop committing offences, so K will not be offended.  He is now telling people what they should and should say, so you all best listen

Kurt | 10 March 2020 - 16:19:32

Law enforcers in Thailand should not use the word 'please' as many Thai think the law is not mend for them, just for others as we can experience daily. Burning garbage is a crime, simple, it needs the strict full force of the law to punish violators. This fire almost became a big disaster in Kamala.  The word 'please' is completely miss placed.

Jor12 | 10 March 2020 - 12:23:32

Please is form'a of polite address. Like murder is a serious crime, Please don't murder anyone.

Kurt | 09 March 2020 - 17:45:00

Why Officialdom use the word 'Please' as  by law burning garbage is strictly forbidden !  This is a serious crime!

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