Fire rampages through garbage dump

SAMUT PRAKAN — A massive fire broke out at a garbage dump covering 150 rai of land on Sunday afternoon and continued into late evening as firefighters tried to contain the blaze.

The garbage site is situated in Soi Praksa 8 in tambon Praksa of Muang district. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that began in the central part of the landfill at 1pm and spread quickly to cover more than 20 rai as of late Sunday evening.

More than 20 fire trucks were sent to the scene to battle the flames. The blaze sent thick, polluted black smoke high into the sky, affecting residents in nearby communities. The smoke carried a strong stench with it.

Reports said the site was previously operated by a private company but had been closed for years. However garbage trucks were still regularly seen dumping garbage there. 

Police Radio FM 91 station reported that firefighters could not put out the fire as of 8pm and it was expected that they would be working all night.

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