German national found dead in burning house in Kanchanaburi this morning

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Kanchanaburi –

A 50-year-old German national was found dead at a destroyed house on fire in the Mueang district of Kanchanaburi in the early hours of this morning, February 7th.

Kanchanaburi police and firefighters arrived at the scene around 3:30 AM. after being alerted of the fire incident at a Kanchanaburi villa in the Tha Makham subdistrict. A two-story house was seen burning by first responders upon arrival. More than 10 fire trucks were deployed and took about two hours to extinguish the large fire.

A body of a German national, whose name was not given per our editorial policy pending contact of relatives and family, was found hanging in the kitchen of the lowest floor. Valves of three gas tanks located nearby his body were opened. Local media also reported that there was a spray-painted message on the wall written with curse words and sad expressions.

According to the forensic unit, another two gas tanks with their valves open were also found on the second floor of the house. The officials presumed that the deceased wrote the messages before burning the house and hanging himself.

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The questioning of his 60-year-old Thai wife revealed that the man was the owner of an electronics store in Germany. Both of them met and got married before moving to live in Thailand. They bought and lived in this house for more than 20 years.

She said that she did not know what her husband’s job was, only knew that he would work at night on his computer and would rest in the daytime. She was a tailor and usually worked at home but she recently went to live in the Phanom Thuan district in the same province last month, leaving her husband to live alone in the house. She did not give the reasoning for the separation but claimed it was amicable.

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According to her statement, despite moving out of the home, she stated that both of them never had a quarrel after being married for decades. She was shocked to find out about his death and rushed to the scene as soon as she received the news from her daughter.

His body was to be transferred for an autopsy at the Police Hospital. Meanwhile, the police would continue the examination for more evidence and alert the German embassy in Thailand of his death as he had records of life insurance in both countries.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.