A fire assumed to have been caused by waste burning destroyed a thicket in Chonburi outside of Pattaya.
A fire erupted at an abandoned motocross track in the Huay Yai sub-district of Banglamung district at 11:30 AM on Saturday, January 28th.
Seven fire trucks rushed to the scene. Nearby, villagers came out to watch the event, as firefighters tried to contain the blaze.
The fire spread to a heap of old, discarded wires that had been placed there after they were removed from power poles by authorities. After one hour, the fire was extinguished.
Mr. Kanchit Wowan, 51, a local resident, told The Pattaya News that the cause of the fire was not old wires, but rather someone who had burned trash nearby and then left. He and other villagers already tried to put out the fire by themselves but failed.
The authorities are examining the scene to find the exact cause of the incident.
TPN media notes that illegal burning of waste and crops is a major cause of air pollution which yearly around January and February causes smog and haze across the Pattaya area. Despite numerous and regular complaints and promises from Thai authorities to resolve the issue, the burning and smog continues each year.
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