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A fatal fire takes hold at a Phuket shophouse row, where four died

Phuket Shophouse Blaze Kills Four: Worst Toll Since Tiger Disco

Saturday, August 2, 2014
PHUKET: A fire in a Phuket shophouse killed four people and left one woman who jumped to escape badly injured today.

The death toll at Chok Chai Furniture, a converted row of four shophouses at the junction of Amphor Road and Srisudhat Road, Talad Yai, included a nine-year-old boy.

Firemen were alerted to the blaze about 2.30am and five truck took two hours to control the blaze, which ripped through all three levels.

With wood to feed on, the blaze quickly spread from the ground floor to the top floor, where a family lived.

The dead are believed to have been asphyxiated.

Killed were three members of a family, Mongklon Rungchai, 43, Nuchari Sangprakon, 43, and nine-year-old Theerawat Rungchai. A cousin, Chatya Kanpat, 59, died with them.

A woman, Janhorm Jakkeaw, 51, jumped from the top floor and was badly injured. She was being treated at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

The adults killed are believed to have been workers at the furniture shop. The owner did not live on the premises.

Police from Phuket City are investigating the cause of the blaze.

It's the worst fire on Phuket since the Tiger Disco blaze claimed the lives of two foreigners and two Thais in Soi Bangla, Patong, in 2012.

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Considering how lackadaisical the approach to electrical wiring here is, it's quite astonishing that we get so few fires.

Posted by ThaiMike on August 2, 2014 09:35

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a smoke alarm can save your life here easily..

Posted by poppops on August 2, 2014 13:14

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cause not identified yet, but my odds be on electrical, agree fully with Thaimike & poppopps as these deaths were likely avoidable if some safety stands were in place & adhered to.

Posted by slickmelb on August 2, 2014 15:16


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