Fire destroys temple buildings in Ubon

Fire destroys temple buildings in Ubon

Firefighters battle the blaze at Wat Paknam Bungsaphang, in Ubon Ratchathani's Muang district, on Tuesday morning. The fire caused about 10 million baht damage.(Photo: Nila Singkiree)
Firefighters battle the blaze at Wat Paknam Bungsaphang, in Ubon Ratchathani's Muang district, on Tuesday morning. The fire caused about 10 million baht damage.(Photo: Nila Singkiree)

UBON RATCHATHANI: A fire caused major damage to three buildings at a temple housing a revered old statue in Muang district early on Tuesday, with damage estimated at 10 million baht.

Wat Paknam Bungsaphang, at Bungsaphang village in tambon Kut Lat, houses a 700-year-old statue of master monk Luang Pho Ngoen.

The fire started about 6.30am in a two-storey wooden building with a kitchen on the ground floor and sleeping quarters upstairs, Pol Lt Col Chalong Ukha, a duty officer at Muang station, said. 

The flames quickly spread to two adjacent wooden buildings for monks and novices.

Phra Maha Paithoon, the temple secretary, said about 20 monks had already left on their alms rounds. Only six monks and novices were at the temple when the fire started. They ran out to get help from nearby houses and made calls for fire engines. 

About 10 fire crews quickly responded, but the blaze could not be finally put out until about two hours later. By then it had destroyed most of the three buildings. Damage was estimated at 10 million baht. 

Nobody was hurt and the statue of Luang Pho Noen was not harmed.

Police were investigating. 

A fire rages buildings at Wat Paknam Bungsaphang in Ubon Ratchathani's Muang district on Tuesday morning. (Clip supplied via Nila Singkiree)

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