Ayutthaya garbage fire 'under control'

AYUTTHAYA - A huge fire at a 30-rai garbage dump in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district has been brought under control, provincial governor Wittaya Piewpong said on Sunday.

  • Published: 4/05/2014 at 12:47 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The fire broke out on Saturday at the dump site where more than 400,000 tonnes of waste have been deposited. About 10% of the area was totally ravaged by the blaze, Mr Wittaya said.

He said firefighters continued to spray water on the dump to cool it down.

More than 100 households were affected by the smoke from the dump site. Administrative officials had given hygienic face masks to people living near the area.

The governor said the fire was caused by stubble burning by farmers. Police had warned them not to burn straw and stubble at this time.

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