No evidence of dangerous chemicals at port blaze site

Preliminary investigations have not found any toxic chemicals at Laem Chabang Port, which director of Thailand Port Authority, Kamolsak Phromprayoon, said.

The KMTC Hong Kong, registered as a South Korean ship, caught fire in the province of Chon Buri province. It had unloaded more than 400 containers of goods but the fire broke out when 35 containers still remained on board. Some of the containers were scheduled to be delivered to Samut Prakan province, close to Bangkok.

Locals living in the vicinity were evacuated and at least 25 port workers were injured.

Meanwhile, Yutana Phoolpipat, director of the Customs Department Office at Laem Chabang Port in eastern coastal Thailand, said some chemical goods were responsible for the fire. The department, however, said those goods were smuggled into the country

Officials would inspect the goods in those containers and find out the cause, the fire, he added.

Laem Chabang Municipality officials have set up for affected people who want to file complaints.