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Speedboat destroyed as garbage pile fire spreads near homes

Speedboat destroyed as garbage pile fire spreads near homes

PHUKET: Police are investigating a garbage pile fire that spread near homes in Rassada this morning (Nov 22) and destroyed a speedboat that was behind a house undergoing repairs.


By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 22 November 2019, 02:38PM


Lt Sanya Suksawat of the Phuket City Police was called to the scene, in Soi Bang Chee Lao 2 in Moo 2, Rassada, at 9:30am.

Police together with firefighters from Rassada Municipality Fire Department arrived to find the speedboat and the ground around it ablaze.

Firefighters took about 15 minutes to put the fire out, but by that time the speedboat had been destroyed.

Saman Upama, 65, who lives in the house where the boat was parked, told police that he was inside the home when smoke started coming into the house.

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Mr Saman ran out to see a pile of garbage nearby on fire. He called the fire department and tried to douse the fire by himself, but was unsuccessful, Lt Sanya reported.

While Saman was battling the flames, the fire spread to the boat, and consumed it.

Lt Sanya said police were continuing their investigation into how the fire started.

No people were injured from the fire, but the damage caused to the boat was estimated to be about B400,000 to B500,000, Lt Sanya noted.

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vegasbaby | 23 November 2019 - 19:29:19

Blessing in disguise...one less boat to injure and kill tourists.

Kurt | 22 November 2019 - 18:32:14

A lesson 'expensively' learned.
Never have garbage piles, near houses, car's,  boats. Anyway, garbage piles suppose to be at proposed garbage locations. But on Phuket it seems not to be normal thinking, as one can see around everywhere.

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