FIREFIGHTERS bravely battling a fierce blaze at a foam and plastic pellets factory in King Kaew Soi 21, Samut Prakan province, for over 27 hours managed to fully extinguish it at 7 a.m. this morning (July 6), Sanook.com said.
The huge fire at Ming Dih Chemical Co., Ltd factory that erupted at 3.20 a.m. yesterday raged violently and the battle to put it out with the support of helicopters spraying foam left a young volunteer firefighter dead and four others injured.
At 5.30 a.m. firefighters reported that this blaze had been brought under control through carpet spraying of foam to ensure chemical wells do not ignite again.
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At this point they were still very vigilant because the whole 10-rai compound remained very hot and there was a risk of fire breaking out again.
At 6.10 a.m. a new fire did erupt just outside the factory near its cement fence with the firemen quickly moving in to control it.
By 7 a.m. it was reported all the fires had been extinguished.
The people evacuated in a five-kilometre radius of this factory yesterday are still not allowed to return home because officials are assessing the situation.
As to the cause of the blaze, the factory foreman said it was triggered through a chemical leak in the middle of the night but before he was able to check at which point this occurred a string of explosions set off followed by the violent fire.
Firefighters fought for over 27 hours to put out this massive blaze. Photos: Sanook.com