Driver claims a million baht in cash destroyed when his car burst into flames in Pattaya, was reportedly on way to a bank

Pattaya –

A million baht in cash, or about $32,000 USD, reportedly was destroyed after a sedan caught fire in Pattaya while the driver was reportedly heading to a bank yesterday afternoon (May 4th).

Firefighters were notified of the accident at 12:30 P.M. on Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya opposite the Makro store.

Firefighters with a fire engine and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the car was heavily ablaze.

It took more than ten minutes to control the fire and the vehicle was a total loss as seen in the picture below.

The driver, Mr. Jirayus Amnuayborisut, 24, told The Pattaya News, “I was heading to the bank to make a deposit. There was black smoke coming out from the engine room and inside the cab while on my way there.”

“I tried to grab a bag full of one million baht cash and a mobile phone but it was too late. All items were destroyed.” Jirayus claimed.

The Chonburi Forensic Police are continuing their investigation to find the cause of the fire and have not independently confirmed or denied the statements made by Jirayus about losing a million baht cash in the fire.  Jirayus did not comment on if the money was insured.

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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.