Fire at Yala rubber smoking plant
- Published: 21/02/2013 at 09:59 AM
- Online news:
A fire at a rubber factory operated by a leading exporter in Muang district of Yala on Wednesday night caused an estimated 10 million baht damage.
The police were informed about 11.40pm of a blaze at South Land Rubber and alerted the fire brigade.
About 10 fire trucks and crews took more than three hours to bring the flames under control, and they then continued to spray water over the site for several hours.
Yala governor Detcharaj Simsiri said an initial investigation pointed to the fire starting in the smoking room, possibly because it overheated, and not to an attack by insurgents.
Police will investigate further, he said.
He said damage was estimated at 10 million baht or more.
South Land is one of the leading rubber exporters in the South, having the largest warehouse to store rubber. The company has been established more than 20 years and it was hit by a fire once before, in 2007, with damage of around 400 million baht on that occasion.
The company has fire insurance.