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Fire at Sukhumvit condo, 5 firefighters hurt in paper factory blaze

A FIRE broke out at a condominium in Sukhumvit Soi 61 at 11.16 a.m. today (Dec. 3) but this has been extinguished while five firefighters got injured at the Samut Prakan paper factory blaze that raged for five hours last night before it was brought under control, Sanook.com said.

By 11.39 a.m. firemen had put out the fire on the eight floor of the Sukhumvit condo but the cause was not yet known.

However firefighters and disaster relief teams from several agencies had to battle hard to bring the huge blaze at Chaisith Containers and Paper Core Co., Ltd. factory, located off Bangna-Trad road kilometre 29, under control and only succeeding in doing so at 9 p.m. five hours after it had started.

Just half an hour earlier the factory structure collapsed at the area where firefighters were spraying water leaving five of them injured, namely Natthasit, 12, smoke inhalation; Rangsiman Liamwongsa, 17, pain in both legs; Nattapat Chimsuwan, 16, leg pain;  Weera Phochinda, 20, leg pain; Chaidit Thaipakdee, 25, pain and numbness in right leg.

All were from the disaster relief unit in Rat Burana district of Bangkok and all were sent to Ruamchai Pracharak Hospital for treatment.

Earlier report: 40 fire trucks deployed to fight Samut Prakan paper factory fire

Late last night some flames were still shooting up from the collapsed structure, with this factory covering 20 rai of land, but firefighters were unable to access the area. The company quickly sent in a backhoe to clear the debris so that more water could be sprayed to put it out.

The cause of this blaze too has not yet been determined because the forensic team could only go in when the heat has dissipated but damage is no less than 100 million baht.


Top: Smoke pouring out from the Sukhumvit condo that caught fire close to noon today. The Thai headline says, “Fire at Ekamai condo.”

Below and Home Page: The large paper factory ablaze last night. Photos: Sanook.com

Watch video of Sukhumvit condo fire shared by Matichon newspaper below:

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