A fire broke out on Soi Wutthakat 18, located in the Talat Phlu subdistrict of Thonburi, early this morning. While firefighters were able to subdue the conflagration, it left 31 homes damaged and 100 residents homeless.
Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt surveyed the damage and a relief center has been set up to provide temporary shelter to the residents who were evacuated.
The fire broke out at around 5.30 am and was brought under control by 6.20am. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and most of the affected individuals were tenants of the area.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the damaged houses were closely situated, causing the fire to spread rapidly in a wide area. However, more than 10 fire hoses were promptly deployed effectively containing the fire within Soi Wutthakat 18 and Soi Wutthakat 20. It took approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that a loud explosion was heard from house No. 5, which was undergoing repairs and was unoccupied at the time of the incident.
The residents of neighboring houses helped break down the door and discovered flames on the second floor, which contained old wooden structures. Strong winds contributed to the rapid spread of the fire to adjacent houses. It is suspected that an electrical circuit malfunction may have caused the fire, but further investigation by forensic officers is required to confirm the cause.
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