Fire destroys Si Racha home after homeowner reportedly leaves burning cigarette inside, neighbors attack the owner in anger

Si Racha –

A fire has destroyed a house in Si Racha earlier this week after the homeowner accidentally left a burning cigarette in the house, according to Chao Phraya firefighters. His relatives and neighbors, upon hearing about the incident, physically attacked the owner, blaming him for the damage.

Firefighters from the Chao Phraya Surasak fire station were notified of the fire at 1:00 PM on Monday (October 4th) at a house in Surasak.

They and The Pattaya News reporters arrived at the scene to find the fire was heavily ablaze at a small wooden residential home. The burning house was closely surrounded by about seven other houses. Luckily, no other homes were enveloped by the flames.

It took about ten minutes for firefighters to control the fire. The house owner, Mr. Samart Janchiawchan, 38 had escaped injury. His home, however, was a total loss.

Mr. Sarmart told Pattaya News reporters, “I left a burning cigarette in the house by accident after I stepped outside, which caused the fire. My home was very small and nearly completely made of wood so was easily combustible.”

His relatives and neighbors who saw the blaze were angry as they were reportedly afraid the flames might damage their homes as well.

The scene escalated when a group of furious neighbors who had been arguing verbally with Mr. Samart allegedly physically attacked him, according to firefighters who witnessed the incident and helped separate the two parties. Some neighbors even claimed that Mr. Samart set the fire on purpose, however, they had no firm evidence to back up their claims according to Si Racha law enforcement.

Mr. Samart suffered from minor injuries following the scuffle with his neighbors that was stopped by firefighters and other local residents. Samart declined medical assistance, however.

Si Racha police told The Pattaya News team they are further investigating the fire based on claims from the neighbors, however, declined to state if they would be filing any immediate legal charges over the alleged assault that took place. Samart did not state if he planned on filing any police reports against the neighbors with who he had a physical confrontation with.


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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.