Smoky fire seen across Pattaya levels workers camp

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A fire that sent a towering plume of smoke into the sky over Pattaya destroyed a construction camp, but caused no injures.

The Sept. 7 blaze at a condominium construction site at the entrance to Cosy Beach on Pratamnak Hill reduced 40 workers’ rooms to ash.

Ten fire engines responded to the blaze and took about 30 minutes to control the flames. With the worker dorms constructed of wood and topped by zinc sheets, the fire created a tremendous amount of smoke, with a column of black and grey visible as far as Naklua and Najomtien.

Lalita Sakulset, 46, manager for Skyline Construction Co., said all the workers were out at the time of the fire so no one was hurt. However, all their belongings were destroyed with total damages estimated at 2 million baht.

Police believe arson might have been the cause for this construction site blaze near Cosy Beach on Pratamnak Hill.Police believe arson might have been the cause for this construction site blaze near Cosy Beach on Pratamnak Hill.

Police speculated an electrical short could have sparked the blaze, but Thai media also reported investigators are looking seriously at arson as a cause. Two Cambodian workers who got into an argument with a foreman reportedly left the camp and the blaze was said to have broken out inside their rooms shortly after they departed.