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Plastic waste fire burns for second day

Mar 14. 2019
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By Prasit Tangprasert
The Nation

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Firefighters struggled to control a major fire at a plastic waste-separating factory in Nakhon Ratchasima's Noen Sung district which began on Wednesday afternoon, and estimated that it would take another day or two to be completely extinguished.

Villagers in Ban Don Ree (Moo 5) and Ban Som (Moo 2) said they were worried about the health impacts of the acrid smoke. Some residents had moved to stay elsewhere. 

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials started an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. 

The fire broke out at around 3pm on Wednesday at the abandoned plastic waste factory in Ban Don Ree in Tambon Don Chomphu where hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste were ignited. 

Over 10 fire engines responded to the factory, which was abandoned nearly a decade ago as the previous owner reportedly faced a bankruptcy lawsuit and the property was passed onto a bank.

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