THE OWNER of a car repair garage in Udon Thani this afternoon (Mar. 5) set his sedan on fire after recurring problems with the electrical system and said afterwards he has no regrets and is much happier, TV Channel 7 said.
At 1.30 p.m. Pol. Lt. Col. Bamrung Naebchidchai, deputy chief of Ban Phue police station, was alerted of a car ablaze at an empty land plot next to the car repair garage on Ban Phue – Nam Som road and called the Fire Department to send a team to put it out.
When firemen arrived they saw the red sedan’s engine burning fiercely and took about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire that had also burnt the grass in the empty plot but had not spread any further.
The owner of the garage, only identified as Mr Panya, 58, told the police that he had bought this sedan a long time ago. However, of late problems had developed with the electrical system and these kept recurring no matter how many times he repaired it.
Today he decided to drive the sedan and park it at his house but it would not start so he pushed it to this empty land plot which he owns and set fire to the grass till it spread to the car and completely gutted it.
He added he has no regrets and in fact is a lot happier with his loss being around 40,000 baht.
Pol. Lt. Col. Bamrung told Panya that it is not illegal to set fire to one’s own property but this must not disturb or trouble the neighbours nor should the blaze spread to their houses.
He recorded what had taken place and left.
The red sedan set on fire by its angry owner today. Photo: TV Channel 7