Raging fire damages 100-year-old tourist market in Samut Sakhon

Raging fire damages 100-year-old tourist market in Samut Sakhon

A blaze yesterday destroyed a 100-year-old waterfront market in Ban Phaeo district of Samut Sakhon province, but with the help of officials and locals, total destruction was prevented.

The fire was reported to the Disaster Prevention and Control Department at 9 p.m. last night. The 100-year-old wooden market is located in the “dark red zone” with curfew control measures, which caused some impediment to firefighters and volunteer rescue teams trying to reach the seat of the fire as quickly as possible.

Samut Sakhon Governor Weerasak Wijitsaengsri said the fire was brought under control in half an hour with constant water spray across the area.

Unfortunately, more than 10 homes were damaged, but fortunately, no one was injured after the locals were safely evacuated to Ban Phaeo’s meeting room.

The fire was extinguished by authorities with the help of the Ban Phaeo boat team that used water pumps on their boats to eject water from the canal, as large fire trucks were unable to reach the accident site.

The 100-year-old waterfront market near the Damneon Saduak Canal is home to an ancient community that attracts many tourists, while local vendors sell homemade products from everyday life.

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