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Firemen fight the blaze at the SuperCheap outlet on Phuket today

Phuket SuperCheap Outlet Destroyed in Blaze: Photo Special

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
PHUKET: Fire ripped through a SuperCheap convenience store on Phuket early today, destroying the outlet and most of its contents.

The blaze at the store near Villa 5 in Chao Fa West broke out about 2am. Six trucks brought it under control in 90 minutes.

''Five staff and 10 customers were in the store when the fire began,'' said an officer from Vichit Police Station. ''We believe the cause was probably an electrical fault.''

Damage is estimated at 10 million baht.

SuperCheap's rambling main store was destroyed in October 2013 in one of the most spectacular fires seen on Phuket. There was no loss of life or injuries.

The original Phuket brand had diversified tinto smaller outlets across the island to meet competition from franchised convenience store brands.


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Yikes! I believe that this is the same outlet where a live wire fell and caught some motorbikes on fire last year.

Posted by concerned in karon on April 8, 2015 10:48


Let me guess. There were not fire extinguishers, or if there were, no one had any training on how to use them, or they were way past their service date and inoperable. Safety always seems to be an afterthought around here.

Posted by Scudman on April 8, 2015 12:12


As these places are open 24 hours there must have been several staff there so why could they not put the fire out?

Posted by Safety or not? on April 8, 2015 14:57


Nice outlets, friendly staff really, however, cleanness and safety are not priorities in their shops. Look at the floors, the baskets, it is all dirty. Staff is coming/going, work there, but not trained in safety, and no fire prevention equipment. If management not invest in safety training, well, than try a accident or blaze! Seems Phuket fire brigade has not a inspection department to check on stores safety like in Singapore.Is that correct?

Posted by Kurt on April 8, 2015 15:00

Editor Comment:

Guesswork is unwelcome, especially on these kinds of safety issues. Your ability to not add value is an increasing burden, Kurt. If all you have to add is guesswork, don't bother.



Posted by Mister Ree on April 8, 2015 18:57

Editor Comment:

Until you can tell the difference between a fire and a truck, Mister Ree, don't expect to get published.


Mr Editor, Let me rephrase. Is the Phuket fire brigade having a inspection department to check firefighting equipment in stores and shopping centers? Are staff trained in first moment firefighting as every fire starts small? ( I did not guess, mr Editor, I visit shops daily)

Posted by Kurt on April 8, 2015 19:22

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