Phuket’s towering inferno

Anyone wandering through the Patong area of Phuket at 3am on Thursday morning would have noticed the fire, which was blazing on the beach road in Patong.

A total of five fire engines from Patong Municipality arrived on the scene to battle the blaze, which consumed an Indian restaurant, a tailor shop and a pharmacy in a two-story building on the corner of Soi Post Office.

"I was awakened by a phone call from my brother at about 3am. By the time I got there everything inside was burned. I have two stalls inside and the damage to my belongings was about 3 million baht. Overall, I think the damage will be about eight or nine million baht.” Mr Pongpetch, one of the shop owners told the Phuket Gazette. "I took out an insurance policy a few months ago, but unfortunately my colleagues were uninsured. I don’t know about the cause of the fire. I have worked here more than 10 years and there has never been a fire before. It wasn’t arson like the fires at Jintana Plaza, as we don’t have any conflicts with anyone. We all get along here, just like family.”

This is just one of several fires which have ignited in Phuket recently. The fire service are investigating the cause, but have drawn no conclusions as yet.

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