DRIVING rain and strong winds helped extinguish a new fire that erupted at the foam and plastics pellets factory in Samut Prakan province at 5 p.m. this evening (July 6), Amarin TV said.
Two provincial firefighters got injured when the violent fire at Ming Dih Chemical Company’s factory that raged for over 27 hours from 3.20 a.m. on Monday till 7 a.m. this morning reignited in the evening.
The heavy downpour and strong winds had by 5.45 p.m. both put out the new fire and stopped more thick black smoke from pouring out.
Read earlier reports: Huge effort by several agencies helped extinguish the blaze
Firemen are continuing to spray foam and water into the factory compound because the situation remains unsafe and they have to ensure yet another fire does not erupt.
Officials are also monitoring the impact of the chemicals in the area surrounding the factory in King Kaew Soi 21, including contaminated rainwater, with this now considered a danger zone.
Those evacuated from their homes in a five-kilometre radius were not yet allowed to return while motorists were urged to avoid King Kaew Road.
The tough battle to put out the plastics factory fire resumed this evening. Photos: Amarin TV