Huge fire burns down bike factory in Bang Pakong

A huge fire broke out at a bicycle manufacturing factory in Bang Pakong district of Chachoengsao province in the early hours of Saturday (Dec 2) causing damages estimated at 30 million baht.

The fire was reported shortly after midnight at Tin Pao Industrial Co's production and warehouse factory building which is located on a large 2-rai plot of land and quickly raged because of the flammable materials stored inside. Nobody was injured.

Over 40 fire trucks were rushed to the scene but firemen reported difficulties to enter the building to put out the fire because of the toxic smokes.

Meanwhile strong wind also fanned the fire, causing the flames to spread quickly and engulfed the 2-storey building.

The fire raged on for three hours until the whole building was burned and the roof caved in.

A factory guard said the fire started from the ground floor where huge stocks of rubber tyres and foams were stored.

He said he and his 16-year-old son ran to the scene and tried to put out the fire with bucks of water.

However they could not handle it because the fire raged quickly through the second floor where finished bicycles and other accessories were kept.

They then rang emergency numbers, 1669, 191 and 199 for help.

Initial damages were estimated at over 30 million baht.

Bang Pakong police said the cause of fire is under probe by forensic police.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)