Samut Prakan –
A large fire at a plastic factory in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan was fully put during the early hours of this morning, July 6th, after 25 hours of eruption since 3:00 A.M. yesterday.
Unfortunately, a fresh blaze broke out around 4:00 P.M. this afternoon at the same location. High winds were making the problem difficult to resolve as teams of firefighters once again arrived at the scene. The fresh blaze was reportedly brought under control around 6:00 P.M.
A secondary, unrelated fire at a perfume warehouse at the Lat Krabang industrial estate not far away from the original fire that broke out around sunset tonight, July 6th, was also diverting the resources of responding firefighters. This blaze, at the Floral Manufacturing Group, was reportedly under control as of 8:45 P.M.
The blaze at the Ming Dih Chemical plastic beads factory was first put under control at around 4:00 AM. today as firefighters hosed down still-smoldering debris with water and chemical foam to prevent reignition.
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The fire and resulting explosions were believed to have been caused by a chemical leak from the factory warehouse, where about 20,000 liters of chemicals were stored.
As of 11:50 P.M. last night, July 5th, it was reported that the situation was under control after the officers had managed to successfully close the valves in three chemical storage areas. However, small fires broke out again throughout the night due to the remaining leaked substances.
The firefighters had been watchful over the situation and had constantly poured water and firefighting foam to lower the temperature around the site. The blaze had first been fully put under control at around 6:20 PM. of this morning.
One volunteer firefighter was killed, a young 19-year-old man and 33 other people, including firefighters, were injured. The explosion had damaged at least 177 households, including 73 houses and 15 cars in the nearby neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the Bang Phli district chief, Somsak Kaewsena, warned residents within the one-kilometer radius of the factory not to return home just yet as the compound of the company and its surroundings were still declared disaster areas and being under close surveillance by the officials. Indeed, more evacuations had taken place earlier this evening.
Despite firefighters stating both sites are under control as of press time, teams of watchful firefighters continue to spray down the locations while a full investigation of the cause of the fires is set to take place during daylight hours.
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