Shattered windows, ripped roofs: Residents share scenes of destruction after factory blaze

Photos: @eaaaw, @nongkimrek / Twitter
Photos: @eaaaw, @nongkimrek / Twitter

Images and videos of cracked walls, shattered windows and ripped doors have been circulating online this morning after a Bangkok factory’s fire and explosions affected several nearby homes.

Homes near the Mingdih Chemical polystyrene factory in Soi King Kaew 21 of Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district were damaged following the massive blaze in the wee hours of this morning that injured at least 60 and killed a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter, Korasit Raopan. 

Authorities have yet to release details on the number of houses affected and residents that were ordered to evacuate at around 9:30am. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. 

Residents ordered to evacuate after Bangkok factory blaze hurt 12

“My warehouse not so far from the factory has been affected by the blast. All the windows were shattered and the roof was ripped open. We’re evacuating,” singer-songwriter Suharit Siamwalla wrote on Twitter. “I wish there are no more explosions … I hope everyone in the area is okay.

“At 3am, every window at my sibling’s house was blasted. The cat was frightened and ran away,” wrote Twitter user @_INTHEICE_.

“The explosion affected the shops, including my friend’s, inside a gas station in Soi King Kaew 29/1,” another Twitter user @kift_kae shared images of shards in front of a restaurant, convenience store and salon inside a gas station. “This is very scary. May everyone be safe.”

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation this morning ordered people living within a 5-kilometer radius of the factory to evacuate from their homes. Places designated as evacuation centers include the Phli Yai Subdistrict Administrative Organization, Triam Parinyanusorn School and Bang Phli Yai Nai Temple.


Residents ordered to evacuate after Bangkok factory blaze hurt 12

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