Transformer explodes, destroys shops in Pattaya

Transformer explodes, destroys shops in Pattaya

Flames spread quickly to a shop at Walking Street in Pattaya beach city on Wednesday morning after a transformer in front of a shophouse exploded. The fire spread to nearby shophouses before being put under control shortly later. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
Flames spread quickly to a shop at Walking Street in Pattaya beach city on Wednesday morning after a transformer in front of a shophouse exploded. The fire spread to nearby shophouses before being put under control shortly later. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

Transformer explodes & flames shoot into shophouse on Walking Street Pattaya, at 7:30am so the area was empty & no one hurt.

ACCIDENTS, FIRE & ELECRICITY

Transformer explodes, destroys shops in Pattaya

15/03/2017
Chaiyot Pupattanapong

We've all heard a sudden loud boom in the night, often when it is raining, that is so loud that it sounds like it happened right outside our window.

To those unacquainted with these late night sleep interruptions, they sound like a bomb exploding.

But one soon learns that it is an electrical transformer that exploded, high up on the power wires near where you live.

And this will be the rumoured reason, shortly afterwards, why power is being cut for four hours on a hot Sunday afternoon, to repair the dead transformer

FLAMES SHOT OUT OF TRANSFORMER INTO SHOPHOUSE  

On Wednesday morning, a transformer exploded on the popular Walking Street in the beach resort town of Pattaya.

As the transformer exploded, flames shot out of the transformer.

The flames ravaged three shophouses nearby.

No casualties were reported.

The explosion was reported at around 7.30am.

Ten fire trucks and a crew of firemen were deployed to the shopping street.

It was determined that the power transformer exploded in front of a shop named Rock Street in downtown Pattaya, according to police.

The shop was engulfed in flames, which spread quickly to nearby shophouses.

Firefighters took about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

A total of three shophouses were destroyed.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

Firemen put out a fire following a transformer explosion in front of a shop at Pattaya Walking Street in Chon Buri province on Wednesday morning. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

Somparn Rattanasaeng, 50, a housekeeper at the shop, told police the shop was closed at the time of the explosion.

When she went to the shop on Wednesday morning to clean the shop as usual, there were no employees there.

While working inside, she heard an explosion in front of the shop, prompting her to come out to check.

She found the transformer installed on the electric pole in front of the shop had exploded and caught fire.

She then ran away for her own safety and firemen arrived shortly after.

Police Major General Anant Charoenchasri, mayor of Pattaya municipality, led a team of officials to inspect the scene of the fire.

Damage could not be estimated for the time being as the three shophouses and all assets inside had been destroyed.

The mayor ordered a probe into the incident.

Transformer explosions are common the world over, as can be seen in the following video:



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  • damage (verb): to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
  • deploy: (of police, soldiers, government officials or equipment) to put in place ready for action - ส่ง ประจำการ.
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  • downtown: In the city - ในตัวเมือง
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • estimated: thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ
  • explode (verb): blast, blow up, burst - ระเบิด
  • explosion (noun): the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด
  • firefighter: a person who puts out fires as their job - นักดับเพลิง
  • firemen: firefighters; a person who puts out fires as their job - นักดับเพลิง
  • flame: the brightly burning gas that you see coming from a fire - เปลวไฟ, เปลวเพลิง
  • for the time being: for the present time, but probably not for a long time - พลาง
  • housekeeper (noun): a person, usually a woman, whose job is to manage the shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. in a house or an institution - แม่บ้าน, คนดูแลทำความสะอาดบ้าน
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง
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  • municipality: a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • order (verb): to use your position of authority to tell somebody to do something or say that something must happen - สั่ง
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • probe: an investigation - การสอบสวน
  • prompt: to cause someone to take action - กระตุ้น
  • ravaged: destroyed; damaged very badly - ถูกทำลาย, เสียหาย, ถูกล้างผลาญ
  • reason (noun): why something happened or exists - เหตุผล
  • repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
  • report (verb): to tell someone officially that something exists or happened - รายงาน
  • rumoured: to be reported as a rumour (information that may or may not be true) - ปล่อยข่าวลือ,เล่าลือ,ซุบซิบ
  • scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
  • shot (noun): shooting a gun one time - การยิง
  • total: including everything; being the amount or number after everyone or everything is counted or added together - ทั้งหมด
  • transformer: a piece of equipment that changes the voltage of a flow of electricity - หม้อแปลง
  • unacquainted: not familiar with someone/something, having met him or her or read, seen or experienced it -
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