Fire on Ko Phi Phi prompts official action on safety

Krabi provincial authorities are now considering a meeting with business operators on Ko Phi Phi in Krabi province to prevent future fires after a night fire Tuesday night (Feb 6) gutting 25 row shophouses, and injuring nine people, in the commercial area of the southern beach destination.

The fire started at October foodshop on Soi Slinky Bar at about 9.30pm and quickly spread to 25 shophouses. Firefighters spent around three hours to put out the fire.

Nine people, including three Thais and six foreigners�three Argentinians, two Brazilians, and an Israeli. Doctor said all were in safe condition and six of them had been discharged from hospital.

Police suspected gas leak from an LPG tank in the food shop caused a fire and explosion.

Krabi deputy governor Apinan Puekfong said after inspecing the fire scene on Wednesday (Feb 7) that one reason for the fire to rage fiery was that most shophouses and food shops were built with wood and canvasses, while the footpath was also narrow.

The narrow path and densely built commercial area thus obstructed access by fire trucks to reach and put out the fire in time, he said.

He said it was necessary to have a meeting with business operators in the area to look into ways to prevent fires in the future.

Business operators this morning made survey of their damaged properties.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)