12 injured, 100+ homeless after fire wrecks Bangkok homes

Firefighters survey the Bon Kai community Thursday in Bangkok where a fire destroyed dozens of homes. Photo: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Firefighters survey the Bon Kai community Thursday in Bangkok where a fire destroyed dozens of homes. Photo: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration

At least 12 people were injured by a fire that tore through a Bangkok community Tuesday, leaving more than a hundred residents homeless.

An estimated 109 residents had to shelter temporarily at the Bon Kai Youth Center after Tuesday afternoon’s blaze destroyed upward of 30 residences in the Bon Kai community along Rama IV Road.

At least a dozen people were hospitalized.

Bangkok Gov. Chadchart Sittpunt, who went to inspect the site, said his office would provide urgent care for the victims. He said the homeowners will receive THB5,000 in compensation, while renters would receive THB3,000.

At around 1:30pm on Tuesday, flames gutted the inside of a two-story wooden home in Soi Pluk Chit 1 and spread to nearby residences. Plumes of smoke could be seen from afar. 

Several volunteers and foundations lended help to the victims of the fire. Bangkok Community Help Foundation provided drinking water and 500 meals to firefighters and residents.

A local volunteer unit said it was open to donations of dry food, clothes, women’s bras and underwear, and menstrual pads to help the victims. 

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