Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Social Welfare Department officials on April 30 visited the four burned-out homes and three others damaged in the fire two days earlier. No one was injured in the blaze. Damage was estimated at more than 1 million baht, with faulty electrical wiring suspected as the cause.
Four homes were destroyed and 3 others damaged by fire April 28 in the Thamsamakkee Temple area.
Itthiphol said the city Engineering Department will survey Soi Nong Jebang - designated a disaster zone by Chonburi Province - to aid reconstruction plans and relocation efforts for victims. Each family will be eligible for up to 30,000 baht in compensation from the state.
Victim Wirat Khaming, 27, said she and her family were visiting a temple in Rayong when a friend called alerting her to the fire, which destroyed her home.
Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Social Welfare Department officials visit the area to offer emergency supplies and cash to the victims.
“I now have nothing but the clothes on my back,” she said. “I want to the thank Pattaya’s mayor and everyone for their help. It’s made me feel that I’m not alone.”
“I never thought something like this could happen,” said 45-year-old Chalew Sukhohachalee, who also lost her home. Chalew said she had stashed 50,000 baht in a closet and it, along with all her other belongings, burned. “I want to thank the mayor for caring so much. I’m touched by the kindness.”