5 tourists escape burning van

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Five Nonthaburi tourists escaped harm when they fled their Toyota Commander moments before it was engulfed in flames after their day in Pattaya.

Three Nongprue Sub-district fire engines took 20 minutes to extinguish the fire that destroyed 31-year-old Chakrin Yangsriri’s van on Soi Nongyai 7/5 March 15. There was little left after the blaze except the frame.

Chakrin said he had driven himself and four friends to Pattaya for a Sunday at the beach. Heading back, the van’s engine quit and when he got out to check the problem, he saw smoke pouring out from under the hood.

Five Nonthaburi tourists escaped harm when they fled their Toyota Commander moments before it was engulfed in flames after their day in Pattaya.Five Nonthaburi tourists escaped harm when they fled their Toyota Commander moments before it was engulfed in flames after their day in Pattaya.

Chakrin quickly told his friends to get out of the van. Just as they did, the flames emerged.

Chakrin said he recently serviced the vehicle and was puzzled why the fire started.