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Damaging fire 'caused by careless cooking', prosecution likely

Mar 05. 2019
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By The Nation

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A fire that damaged 100 shacks at a refugee camp in Tak’s Umphang district on Monday was caused by a resident grilling corn and flames spreading to a roof made from dried leaves, say police.

Administrative officials and police officers were on Tuesday continuing to gather evidence with a view to pressing charges against the person responsible for the blaze at the Ban Nu Pho refugee camp in Tambon Mae Chan.

The fire, which broke out at 1.40pm on Monday and took more than an hour to put out, had made homeless 300 residents of 100 shacks in the camp’s 16A and 16B zones. 

Most of those affected are now living nearby in tents provided by the Army and related agencies, while some have been taken in by their families. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, meanwhile, is reportedly considering rebuilding the damaged homes. 

Many residents said they couldn’t put out the fire at the time because there wasn’t much water around and they had no fire-extinguishers.

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