Couple jump to safety as fire guts auto parts shops

Couple jump to safety as fire guts auto parts shops

Firemen battle the blaze as it destroys three auto parts shops in Pathum Thani early Friday morning. (Photo by Pongpat Wongyala)
Firemen battle the blaze as it destroys three auto parts shops in Pathum Thani early Friday morning. (Photo by Pongpat Wongyala)

PATHUM THANI - A married couple were injured jumping to safety from the fourth floor when fire raged through a block of shops selling car parts and engine oil in Muang district early Friday morning.

The fire broke out about 4.30am in the four-storey commercial building on Rangsit-Pathum Thani Road in tambon Ban Klang and spread rapidly through the row of shops, a duty officer at Suan Prik Thai police station said. 

Twenty fire trucks and crews from tambon Ban Klang and nearby areas were rushed to the scene.

Fire fighters took five hours before to put out the fierce blaze. Four commercial buildings housing three auto parts shops  - Rungroj, Udomsap and Sam Khok - were gutted. Engine oil stored in the shops fuelled the flames, fire crews said.

Pratheep Udomrattanawit, owner of Udomsap auto parts, and his wife were injured when they jumped from the fourth floor of their shop to escape the flames.

Radda Pumyat, 64, of Sam Khok auto parts, said all four floors were occupied with stored auto parts and engine oil as the shop also served as a warehouse to deliver goods to its outlets.  She estimated the damage to her son’s shop was 60-70 million baht.

Pol Maj Gen Thaworn Khaosa-ard, chief of Pathum Thani police, said the fire-gutted buildings were declared off-limits pending inspection by engineers from Pathum Thani public works and town planning. Police were investigating the cause of the fire.

Roads in the area were closed during the fire, but had since reopened to traffic, he said.

Black smoke pours from an car parts shop before spreading to adjacent stores in the row building on Friday morning. (Photo by Pongpat Wongyala)


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