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Three escape burning vehicle in Wichit

Three family members escaped from their burning car before calling the Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention to the incident near Laem Chan intersection on Chao Fa East Road in Wichit this morning at 7.20am.


Firefighters with two fire trucks along with Wichit police arrived at the scene to find a Toyota ablaze. It took about 30 minutes to control the fire. The car was totally destroyed. The cost of the damage is said to be about Bt400,000.

The 25-year-old owner, Tapakorn Jaibanjerd, said: “I was heading from my house which is only 1 kilometre from here with my grandmother and my niece. I was going to drop my grandmother at Suan Luang Rama 9 Park in Phuket Town. After that, I was going to drop my niece at school.

“Smoke was coming from the air conditioning. I stopped the car and asked my grandmother and my niece to get out of the car. Suddenly a fire started, it looks like, in the air-conditioning system.

“Residents tried to help put out the fire but failed as it grew fast. So I called firefighters. I was wondering what started it as it didn’t seem to affect the engine at the front of the car.”

Forensic police are inspecting the damaged vehicle.


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