Fire guts government office in Chonburi

PHOTO: Nong Naideng rescue team

Chonburi –

A fire that started in a meeting room on the fifth floor at a government office in Mueang Chonburi district last night (February 2nd) caused severe damage.

The Mueang Chonburi Police were notified of the fire at 8:30 P.M. at Baan Suan Municipality on Phraya Sajja Road.

Firefighters with fire engines arrived at the municipality office. The fire was found to be already ablaze on the fifth floor of the building. It took about half an hour to put out the fire with a special crane truck fire engine.

The meeting room on the fifth floor suffered significant damage from the fire. No injuries were reported.

The municipality administrative chief officer Mr. Hannarong Kerdklai told the associated Thai press, “I was working late on the second floor when the fire alarm went off in the building. At first, I thought it was an error but left the office out of precaution.”

“I ran down to the outside of the building and I saw a lot of smoke coming from the fifth floor. Luckily, at this hour of the day, other than myself, there were very few people present and all were able to escape without injuries.” Hannarong concluded.

At this stage, police believed that the fire might have started from a defective air conditioning unit in the room on the fifth floor. The situation is still under investigation.

PHOTO: Eastern Firefigters


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.