A forgotten candle is being blamed for a fire that destroyed an elderly Sattahip woman’s house.
It took firefighters nearly an hour to control the blaze at the two-story home in Bonkai Village Dec. 26. Flames gutted the second floor and heavily damaged the ground level, with damage initially estimated at 500,000 baht. No one was injured.
Homeowner Thanida Boonpiya, 68, said she had lit incense and a candle to pay respect to Lord Buddha upstairs, but forgot to blow it out.
Her niece, sleeping on the second floor, fled the flames and her son-in-law used a fire extinguisher, but the fire had grown too big.