City aids workers displaced by Naklua boatyard fire

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The Pattaya government is providing temporary shelter and will donate funds to workers at a Naklua boatyard whose quarters were destroyed by fire earlier this month.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and two Palang Chon Party candidates for parliament in Chonburi visited workers at the Naklua Market boatyard May 17. The offshore quarters of seven workers were leveled by a paint-fueled inferno the day before.

City officials have stepped in to offer assistance to those affected by this blaze at a Naklua boatyard last week. City officials have stepped in to offer assistance to those affected by this blaze at a Naklua boatyard last week.

Boatyard owner Sompong Chamcharoen said his staff was already at work when one noticed smoke coming from their floating residence. Workers tried to quell the fire themselves, but fueled by paint, chemicals and other flammable items, the flames proved too much.

Firefighters took an hour to extinguish the flames on the offshore barge that also damaged two of seven boats in the yard. Damage initially was estimated at 500,000 baht. Investigators are blaming bad electrical wiring for the blaze.

Ronakit immediately offered housing for the displaced workers and said city employees will survey the damage to assist officials in setting disaster relief funds.