An elderly woman set her own house on fire in Panat Nikhom earlier this week, reportedly admitting to police that she did so. According to her statements, she set the blaze to stop thieves from stealing from her residence.
The Panat Nikhom Police was notified of the fire at a house near a temple in the Hua Tanot sub-district earlier this week just after sundown.
Police and firefighters with multiple fire engines arrived at the house to find the two-story wooden house heavily ablaze. It took about half an hour for firefighters to control the fire. The owner was waiting for police nearby uninjured and calm despite the fact her home had been completely destroyed due to the flames.
The house owner, Ms. Kittiphon Pradaprueng, 77, told Panat Nikhom police, “I live alone in the house and was relaxing when a thief attempted to break into my home. To scare the thief, I turned on my gas stove and started a fire with various materials in my home.”
“I just wanted to show the potential thieves that no one can steal from me and despite being older I am not an easy target. After a short period in which I believe the attempted thieves fled, I put out the fire with some water but it was too late as the flames had spread throughout the house, which is made of wood. I left the house and called police and firefighters for assistance.” Kittiphon concluded, claiming she just wanted to scare the thief and hadn’t intended to burn down her entire residence.
Panat Nikhom police did not find immediate evidence of a thief in the vicinity but did not state if they confirmed or denied the statements of Kittiphon.
The woman was taken to a local police station. She will face legal action even if she burnt down her own house, according to a spokesperson from the Panat Nikhom Police who spoke to the associated local press regarding the incident.