By SUTHINAN KHONGSIN
THE SUNDAY NATION
THE major blaze destroyed two paint-making factories in Samut Prakan province early yesterday, resulting in four injuries and an estimated damage bill of more than Bt500 million.
The fire at UR Chemical Ltd in Bang Phli district was reported to authorities early in the morning, said Captain Phongnarin Nontanok, deputy inspector of Bang Phli Police Station, with 20 fire trucks sent to the scene.
Phongnarin said when firefighters arrive at the scene the blaze had already engulfed a three-storey factory and a nearby warehouse and there were several explosions inside the facility.
The factory stored many flammable materials such as fuel oil, turpentine, resin oil, and methanol, which were stored in more than 300 200-litre barrels and 30 300,000-litre tanks.
The materials exploded, causing a large part of the factory to collapse.
Four people were injured due to falling debris and they were treated at Bang Phli Hospital.
The fire also spread to another paint factory, which also sustained major damage.
Firefighters took more than five hours to bring the fire under control.
All the machines in both factories were destroyed.
Security personnel at the facility said the fire was started by faulty machine during a break, so there were no workers inside the factories at the time.
They said the fire spread very quickly due to the flammable materials.