Fire guts plastics factory in Bangkok

A firefighter sprays water onto the flames at the Magnetic Co plastics factory in Bangkok's Thawi Watthana district in the early hours of Thursday. (Photo taken from @FM91trafficpro)

A fire raged through a plastics factory in Bangkok’s Thawi Watthana district in the early hours of Thursday, destroying all machinery but causing no casualties.

The fire broke out at the factory premises of Magnetic Co in Soi Baromratchonnanee 64 in Thawi Watthana about 2.30am, said Pol Capt Theerawat Kaewsri, deputy chief investigator at Thammasala police station. 

Ten fire trucks and crews sent to the blaze took more than an hour to put it out, Thai media reported.

Chayapakorn Chusri, 23, a nephew of factory owner Wipawadee Ketsarin, said he was with employee Kriangkrai Meeintha when he heard two loud bangs at the front of the factory.

They rushed to check what was happening and found the front section of the warehouse was on fire, Mr Chayapakorn said. They tried unsuccessfully to douse the flames and then called police,

He suspected it was arson because the factory's owner had a conflict with certain people. Last year, the owner survived an attack by a gunman. Two weeks ago, someone broke into her house opposite the factory and caused damage.

A complaint was earlier filed with police at Thammasala police station, he added.

Police were investigating.

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