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Short circuit blamed for temple storage building fire

Short circuit blamed for temple storage building fire

PHUKET: A fire at a kitchen equipment storage building at Rawai Temple on Saturday (Sept 21) caused an estimated B200,000 in damage. At this stage, police believe the fire was started by sparks from a circuit breaker in the building.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 23 September 2019, 12:14PM

Capt Weerayut Thansirisookworakun of the Chalong Police was notified of the fire at about 1:30pm.

He in turn called the Rawai Municipality Fire Department, which dispatched two firetrucks. Firefighters soon arrived at the scene and had the blaze under control within about 30minutes.

Temple staffers told police that they heard an explosion from the building and came running to see what had happened.

Inside the building, they saw sparks coming from a circuit breaker, Capt Weerayut reported.

The staffers said they attempted to extinguish the fire, but failed as there was no fire extinguisher nearby, prompting them to call the police.

Among the burned items inside the building were scorched chairs and tables. Officers estimated the damage caused by the fire at about B200,000.

Capt Weerayut noted that police at this stage believe that the cause of the fire was an electrical short circuit. However, he added that officers had yet to examine the scene in more depth in order to confirm this.

No mention was made in the report about the temple administrators failing to keep a fire extinguisher in the building.

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Kurt | 23 September 2019 - 12:32:50

All incidents/accidents, with in the excuse book:  Sparks from circuit breaker, wet road, brake failure.  Are they here not learning from all this?  Nothing to do to change this? All 'electric' fires start small.  Make compulsory to have powder fire extinguishers near electric circuit boxes., as most electric works done are unskillful, look at markets and at construction projects.


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