The SuperCheap megastore on Thepkrassatri Rd burned to the ground in a huge fire last night around 9.40pm. There are still no official reports of anyone injured or dead, though one woman has been reported missing.
Maj Gen Ongart told the media that police could not confirm the cause of the fire.
“Media and press, please don’t ask me because I can’t give you an answer. We have to wait until the Forensic Science Department check the area. The actual cause of the fire might be part of any potential court case.”
Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut said the fire was now under control and the “next step” was organising the situation.
“Also, the media and press should report on the actual facts of this situation – what is true and what is confirmed by officials.”
No other details were provided but Gov Maitree might have been referring to a set of photos of dead bodies which were shared around social media last night, linking the photos to the SuperCheap fire. These were understood to have actually been taken in 2009 following the Santika nightclub fire in Bangkok in 2009, where 66 people were killed.
Deputy Police Commander, Pol Col Peerayuth Garajedi, told the press, “Before we go into the scene, we have to consider safety first. I can confirm that so far nothing has been confirmed or reported about any injured or dead.
“At the moment members of the police force are rotating. We will help to ease the traffic flow and control the entrance to the site and protect the area. Also, we will have to question relevant witnesses to conclude the cause of the fire.”