Cargo boat fire in Phuket

Cargo boat fire in Phuket

Fire crews battle the blaze on a coastal freighter moored at a pier in tambon Rassada of Phuket's Muang district on Monday night. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)
Fire crews battle the blaze on a coastal freighter moored at a pier in tambon Rassada of Phuket's Muang district on Monday night. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: The captain of a coastal freighter was injured and much of the cargo destroyed by a fire that began in the engine room as the boat was about the depart from a pier in Muang district late on Monday night.

Thiamta Palanukorn, the vessel's manager, told police the fire began about 11pm as the MV O Palanukorn 1, which was loaded with construction materials, was about to depart from Jiarawanich boat pier, in tambon Rassada, for the Phi Phi islands in Krabi.

When the captain, Wirut Chinkan, 39, started the engine, sparks from the battery ignited nearby materials and the fire quickly spread, engulfing the boat, Mrs Thiamta said.

Mr Wirut sustained burns in his face and legs. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Fire engines and crews and volunteers from the Kusoltham Phuket Foundation fought the fire. Severe damage was caused to the  boat and the cargo before the flames were extinguished.

Actual damage was being assessed. Police were investigating the cause.



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