100-million-baht Thai-style home destroyed by fire

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Fire last week destroyed a traditional Thai-style home being readied as a 100-million-baht tourist attraction. Old, dry wood contributed to the intensity of the fire that destroyed the Ban Phayamai traditional Thai-style home complex.

Fire destroyed a traditional Thai-style home being readied as a 100-million-baht tourist attraction.

More than 10 fire trucks were called to the Ban Phayamai complex on Soi Mabsong-Nongyai on May 6. Flames swept through the 1.5 rai building made of teak, pradu and takhian wood, burning it to the ground.

Fire last week destroyed a traditional Thai-style home being readied as a 100-million-baht tourist attraction. Old, dry wood contributed to the intensity of the fire that destroyed the Ban Phayamai traditional Thai-style home complex.

Owner Khunthong Ou-ngern, a former tourist police officer and now operator of the Poipet market in Pattaya, was reduced to tears by the loss, as the house was the center of a 10-rai compound first started 10 years ago. The attraction included many priceless wood carvings, also lost in the inferno.

It was due to open within days as a new tourist attraction. The fire began while the house was getting its final decorations. An electrical spark from workers’ tools is believed to have started the inferno.

Old, dry wood contributed to the intensity of the fire that destroyed the Ban Phayamai traditional Thai-style home complex.