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Billion-baht fire in Samut Prakan

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A fire has destroyed a large warehouse for storing plastic pellets at the Bangpoo Industrial Estate, causing no casualties but damage is estimated at one billion baht. 

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An aerial view of the fire at the warehouse of Bangpoo Intermodal Systems Co (Bisco) at the Bangpoo Industrial Estate. (Photos by Surapol Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)

Billion-baht fire in Samut Prakan

A fire has destroyed a large warehouse for storing plastic pellets at the Bangpoo Industrial Estate in Praekkasa sub-district of Muang Samut Prakan district, Samut Prakan.

Fortunately, no casualties have been reported, but the warehouse of Bangpoo Intermodal Systems Co (Bisco) has been completely destroyed.

The fire reportedly started about 8.30am .

As all doors of the warehouse were open, the fire quickly spread throughout the building and its steel structure then caved in.

Firefighters plan their next move.

Containers of chemical fluids were reportedly also kept in the warehouse and the sounds of explosions were heard at times during the blaze.

Bisco managing director Nat Phothisoonthorn said later the 7,500-square-metre warehouse kept chemical and plastic products. The fire started at its cold room when 110 staff were at work. They were unable to contain the fire and were evacuated . All were safe.

Smoke continued to billow above the warehouse for several hours.

He said that initial damage was estimated at one billion baht.

The fire sent huge plumes of smoke billowing in the air.

Adapted from a story by our online reporters

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Vocabulary:

aerial: (of a photograph) from a plane or helicopter - ภาพถ่ายทางอากาศ

billow: to spread over a large area - ทำให้พอง

casualty: victim; someone/ something that has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a bad event such as a disaster or crime (casualties: the number of dead or injured) - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย; จำนวนคนตายหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ

cave in: to fall down and towards the centre - ยุบตัว, พังทลาย

contain: to prevent from spreading; to keep within limits - จำกัด,ควบคุมไว้

container: something used for storing or holding things, for example a box, bottle, or bowl - ภาชนะใส่ของ, หีบบรรจุ

destroy: to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc - ทำลาย

evacuate: to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก

explosion: the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด

fluid: a liquid; a substance that can flow - ของเหลว, ของไหล

fortunately: used for emphasizing that something good has happened, especially because of good luck - อย่างโชคดี, อย่างเคราะห์ดี

industrial estate: an area of land where industrial companies have their buildings - นิคมอุตสาหกรรม

pellet: a small piece of something, a small hard ball of any substance, often of soft material that has become hard - เม็ดเล็ก

plume: a tall, thin mass of smoke, dust or similar substance, that rises up into the air -

reportedly: as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน

spread: to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people - แพร่กระจาย, แพร่กระจายไปทั่ว

staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน

store: to put and keep things in a special place for use in the future - เก็บ

structure: something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts - โครงสร้าง

warehouse: a large building for storing things - โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ

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