Gas pipe explosion in Samut Prakan

23-Oct-2020 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Two people were confirmed killed and about 20 injured when a PTT gas pipe exploded in a ball of fire in Bang Bo district on Thursday afternoon.

People ran in panic from nearby homes, some of which were seen in flames.

One of the those killed was reported to be a bed-ridden elderly woman.

Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepchamnong, police spokesman, said the gas pipe exploded on 200 Years Road, opposite Preng police station in Bang Bo district.

Flames quickly spread, and residents of nearby houses fled to safety.

Other residents were evacuated by police.

Reports said 40-50 fire engines were called to the scene to battle the huge blaze.

Wutthikorn Stithit, senior executive vice president of PTT’s gas business unit, said the explosion was from a PTT gas pipe leading to the Asia Industrial Estate Suvaranabhumi.

A PTT press statement said the explosion occurred after natural gas leaked from a pipe and caught fire about 12.55pm.

Early reports said the explosion occurred at the Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi. This was later corrected.

Supat Sawadchuto, director of the Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi, said the explosion was about 5km away.

Khao Sod reported and about 10 nearby houses and 20 cars and motorcycles were damaged. The injured were rushed to hospitals.

The blaze was reported to have been brought under control by late afternoon.


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