IN A Facebook post Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said this morning (July 6) that he was closely monitoring the massive fire at the foam and plastic pellets factory in Samut Prakan throughout while revealing the names of agencies involved and materials used in extinguishing it, Amarin TV said.
After commending the bravery of firefighters and volunteers who helped out in this huge operation and sending his condolences to the family of Mr. Kornsit Laophan who died in the blaze, Gen. Prayut revealed that 1,800 people had been evacuated from high-risk areas to at least eight rescue centres with those injured and sick, including coronavirus patients and those under quarantine, also moved to various hospitals.
Earlier reports: Plastics factory fire fully extinguished at 7 a.m.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department informed Gen. Prayut that two Army Kamov Ka-27 helicopters together with ten crisis response personnel were deployed.
In addition one water tower fire truck, one victim transport vehicle, four 10,000-litre fire trucks, four foam fire trucks, three fast-moving rescue vehicles, one LUF 120 fire engine, four LUF 60 fire fighters, two 200 kVA electric vehicles joined the mission.
Altogether 12,000 litres of chemical foam was used to put out the violent fire with this foam also sprayed from the air.
In addition, other departments also came in to fully support the mission as follows:
– Bangkok Bureau of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, three fire engines, four chemical and hazardous material rescue vehicles, 38 fire and rescue vehicles, 6,000 litres of fire-extinguishing foam;
– Royal Thai Armed Forces headquarters, one 6,000-litre chemical foam truck, two 4,000-litre water trucks and two chemical detectors;
– The Army, 20,000 litres of chemical foam together with personnel;
– Ruamkatanyu Foundation, 60 rescuers and 30 vehicles;
– Volunteer 904, 30 rescuers;
– PTT Plc, 3,000 litres of chemical foam and staff, P.S.P. Company, 3,000 litres of chemical foam and staff, and Bangchak Oil Refinery, 20,000 litres of chemical foam;
– Other rescue agencies, 30 fire trucks.
The Interior, Labour and Industry ministries together with relevant government agencies have been instructed to take care of those affected including finding temporary accommodation and giving them food and helping them with the damage that has occurred. Those in need of help should call the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration hotline 1300 all 24 hours a day, or 065-9513465 as well as another hotline 1784 for assistance.
Top and below: Scenes from the battle to put out the blaze yesterday.
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