Chemical warehouse explosions prompt evacuations

Fire rages at warehouses belonging to Win Process Co in Ban Khai district of Rayong on Monday. (Photo: the Rayong office of the Public Relations Department)
Fire rages at warehouses belonging to Win Process Co in Ban Khai district of Rayong on Monday. (Photo: the Rayong office of the Public Relations Department)

Residents were evacuated from the area near chemical warehouses in Rayong's Ban Khai district after a fire broke out and explosions were heard on Monday.

The fire and explosions reportedly started at an industrial waste warehouse belonging to Win Process Co at 9am.

Sixteen fire engines, eight ambulances and about 50 rescue workers went to the scene and fire-fighting foam was sourced from suppliers in Rayong, Chon Buri and Bangkok.

Firefighters found it difficult to get close to the compound of the waste recycling company due to continuous explosions, intense flames and the changing directions of winds.

One warehouse collapsed as flames were expanding to another warehouse, rubber plantations and houses.

There were reports that the company stored many kinds of chemicals and used oil there.

Local residents were moved to nearby Wat Nong Phawa as strong chemical smells were spreading from the fire. No casualties were reported.

Pollution control officials found air quality remained safe in the area, although the smell of chemicals was evident for about four kilometres to the north of the company.

The Pollution Control Department said that Win Process stored industrial waste and hazardous chemicals and the fire started at Building 5, a large warehouse that stored solid waste, used oil and solvent.

Officials said that the company’s licence had been revoked pending prosecution.

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  • casualty (noun): 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
  • collapse: to fall down suddenly - พังลงมา  ล้ม, พังครืน
  • evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
  • evident: clearly seen; obvious - เห็นได้ชัด
  • 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
  • flame: the brightly burning gas that you see coming from a fire - ไฟ (คบเพลิงโอลิมปิค)
  • foam: a soft light material, full of small holes, that is used for containers, seats, etc. - ฟอง
  • hazardous: dangerous, especially to people’s health or safety - ที่เป็นอันตราย
  • plantation (n): a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or trees, are grown - ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
  • prompt: to cause something to happen or be done - ก่อให้เกิด
  • prosecution: the process of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them - การดำเนินคดีตามกฎหมาย
  • recycling: waste recycling, processing waste such as glass, metal and paper so it can be used again - การนำกลับมาใช้ใหม่ [สิ่งแวดล้อม], การใช้ของเสียให้เป็นประโยชน์
  • rescue worker: a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
  • warehouse: a large building for storing things - โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ
  • waste (noun): the useless part that is thrown away after something is used - ขยะ, ของเสีย, ที่ไม่มีประโยชน์, การสูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์, การหมดเปลือง
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