Wire fires anger central Pattaya residents

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Soi Paniadchang residents complained to city hall that messy electrical and utility wires that caught fire three times continue to pose a safety hazard.

Cable-television and telephone technicians and electricians showed up on the central Pattaya street July 18, trying to resolve problems created by a fire two days earlier.

About 100 meters of cable, phone, internet and high-voltage lines along Soi Paniedchang 8 were affected by the blaze.
About 100 meters of cable, phone, internet and high-voltage lines along Soi Paniedchang 8 were affected by the blaze.

About 100 meters of cable, phone, internet and high-voltage lines along Soi Paniedchang 8 were affected by the blaze. Workers were untangling wires and trying to work around the traffic issues.

The Provincial Electricity Authority provided generators while work continued.

Residents said the fire is only the latest in a series of long-running problems associated with the jumble of wires on their street. The only way to tackle the issue is to properly install wires in a neat way so that they don’t come in contact with each other and cause fires again, residents said.