Pathum Thani – A landfill fire that had been controlled yesterday again flared up today after dangerous gases deep in the big dump ignited leading to thick smoke covering the area and people forced to wear masks for protection, PostToday reported.
At 12.30 pm today Pathum Thani’s Deputy Governor Chathip Rujarseri and other senior officials inspected the blaze at this five-rai rubbish dump in Soi Klong Sam, Klong Luang district, and found that firemen had to take turns to continuously fight the blaze. He instructed officials of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to use all possibly ways to extinguish it.
The deputy governor also said he would be checking whether the operator has a licence and if not legal action would be taken against him.
Officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment brought monitors to check the air quality and upon finding traces of carbon monoxide warned residents living within 500 metres distance to wear masks.
Meanwhile Dr Virasak Hadda, president of of Khlong Sam Subdistrict Administration Organization, said fire fighters had managed to control the fire toward the north of the landfill but the problem was gases were still emerging from beneath the rubbish piles leading to combustion. He has now ordered a backhoe be brought in to dig into the dump and separate the rubbish so that water could be sprayed deep within because doing so on top is not extinguishing it.
Above: Thick toxic smoke pouring out from the landfiell.
Below: Officials discussing fire-fighting strategies. Photos: PostToday