Bang Phli chemical fire under control


The ruins of the Ming Dih Chemical Co factory in the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan on Tuesday after the fire was extinguished. (Photo of the rescue foundations)

SAMUT PRAKAN: The fire that had raged in a plastic factory in Bang Phli district since Monday morning was brought under control, but intermittent outbreaks continued until Tuesday morning.

Firefighters continued to spray water and flame retardants on the smoldering ruins of the Taiwanese-owned Ming Dih Chemical Co foam and plastic pellet factory.

Rescures said on Tuesday the blaze was brought under control around 5 a.m., more than 24 hours after a massive explosion sparked the Soi King Kaew 21 factory fire.

The flames continued to erupt intermittently.

Hell has destroyed the factory. A firefighter was caught in a wave of flames from a chemical store and killed. 12 other volunteer firefighters and 33 other people were injured. The explosion and fire also damaged 73 homes and 15 cars in the surrounding community.

About 1,900 residents of houses within a five-kilometer radius were evacuated Monday to eight temporary shelters. They were warned that the smoke and fumes were toxic. On Tuesday morning, officials said it was still not safe for them to return home.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thamanat Prompow and Governor of Samut Prakan Wanchai Kongkasem inspected the scene of the fire shortly before midnight.

They told reporters the blaze was under control after specialist technicians from the PTT OR Plc facility in Si Racha, Chon Buri were able to shut off the valves of three remaining chemical tanks at the plant complex. .

However, about half an hour after midnight, the smoldering fire broke out again and firefighters resumed spraying water and chemical foam on the burning wreckage.

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