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Large fire at Phuket SuperCheap, reports of explosions

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What a disaster! What a shame ! This supermarket fire is testament to why fire and safety building standards should be enforced on all public buildings. It was an incident waiting to happen. Super cheap took a risk against all known basic building and safety standards to sell cheap and this is the result. Myself and wife were only shopping there two hours before this incident and it makes me think how we would we have got out, if it happened, while we were there. It will probably take some time to know if anyone actually perished in the fire, if at all. let alone know their identity. However, when it is all said and done, this incident is no different to the Tiger Disco Patong or Santika Club Bangkok fire's, and I hope in the end they prosecute the owners of Super Cheap to the full extent of the law. My sincere thoughts are with the staff and victims of this tragic fire.

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I'm curious, reports are saying 1,000 employees were believed to be inside when the fire started. I realize this was a large place, and labor is cheap in Thailand, but 1,000 people seems a bit high doesn't it?

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I'm curious, reports are saying 1,000 employees were believed to be inside when the fire started. I realize this was a large place, and labor is cheap in Thailand, but 1,000 people seems a bit high doesn't it?

I found this quite hard to believe as well - I shop there on occasion when in the area, and I can't imagine more than 100 employees in the store at any one time.

Might just be a reporting error.

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I'm curious, reports are saying 1,000 employees were believed to be inside when the fire started. I realize this was a large place, and labor is cheap in Thailand, but 1,000 people seems a bit high doesn't it?

I saw that one, but really it means 1,000 people are employed by the company,

but not all would be on the same shift. Still 300-500 on evening shift is easily believable.

And as someone elose said, now there are 1,000 more unemployed in Phuket and crime will likely go up.

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I was on the scene till 1:30am was sad to saw if not enough fire trucks no hydrants pour equipment for firefighters no bunker gear just some rubber boots........

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I'm curious, reports are saying 1,000 employees were believed to be inside when the fire started. I realize this was a large place, and labor is cheap in Thailand, but 1,000 people seems a bit high doesn't it?

I saw that one, but really it means 1,000 people are employed by the company,

but not all would be on the same shift. Still 300-500 on evening shift is easily believable.

And as someone elose said, now there are 1,000 more unemployed in Phuket and crime will likely go up.

Another news source which can't be named under rule #31 claims 3000 people are/were employed there. I can easily see 500-1000 that time of day.

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No confirmed injuries, deaths so far following Phuket SuperCheap blaze

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The remains of SuperCheap this morning. Photo: Ekaphan Chantraphong

PHUKET: -- There are still no confirmed reports of people injured or dead following a large fire at the Phuket Town SuperCheap warehouse store on Thepkrassatri Road around 9.40pm last night (October 16).

A press conference at the scene of the fire is currently being held by Phuket Governor Maitree Intusut.

The fire started last night and quickly developed into a huge inferno, sending smoke and flames high up in the sky and visible from across the island. There were reports of people fleeing the building but it is not known if any were trapped inside.

Officials have not received any confirmed reports about injured or dead. No victims had been treated so far at the Mission Hospital or Vachira Hospital Phuket.

The fire burned out of control for many hours, engulfing the nearby Thanksina wood factory and completely destroying the SuperCheap building. It was brought under control by firefighters in the early hours of this morning.

A Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation official told The Phuket News on Thursday morning, “I have not received any reports about any injured or dead people. The fire is under control now. We have 15 officials from the department standing by at the scene to help.”

Phuket Vice-Governor Jamroen Thipphayapongtada said, “Right now there are still flames, and we have to wait until they are completely stopped. Then we can investigate the whole area.”

He said there were no reports of any dead or injured people so far. “But we have to wait for the flames to stop.”

Pol Col Sian Keawthong, a Phuket special investigator with the Phuket Police, said the fire was under control now.

“The explosion sound is continuing because there is so much heat inside and a lot of the building is broken, and it is creating pressure. Firemen are still working on the fire.

“At the moment there are 60 policemen and 200 volunteers from various organisations, including the municipalities and Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization. Now we are trying to think about ways to get in and inspect the area.”

He said the fire might have started at the back of the SuperCheap building.

Paiboon Upatising, president of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization told The Phuket News, “When I first heard about the fire, I sent two emergency cars from the OrBorJor, two firetrucks and three small trucks from Chalong with spotlights attached to support the other officials. More than 10 officials from the OrBorJor are standing by at the scene now.

“We cannot summarise the number of injured or dead people yet. I must wait until I get confirmation from the Phuket Provincial authorities.”

“I will speak to Governor Maitree [intusut] and the Vice Governors today to find out what the next step is.”

Police cordoned off the area last night and evacuated those living nearby due to the risk of a possible explosion following concerns about the close proximity of an Esso petrol station.

Once news broke of the blaze, Phuket Vice-Governors Jamroen Thipphayapongtada and Sommai Prijasilpa went to the scene along with mayors from many districts on the island. Gov Maitree was in Bangkok at the time, but has now returned.

The iconic warehouse-like shop, situated on 30 rai of land, is well-known in Phuket for being the store where you can buy almost anything.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/no-confirmed-injuries-deaths-so-far-following-phuket-supercheap-blaze-42400.php

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-- Phuket News 2013-10-17

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Absolutely stunned to read that apparently the staff's first reaction was to lock people in to prevent theft.

And further dismayed to read the reports that seem to focus on loss in Baht terms, due to damages, rather than loss of life.

This place is truly sad.

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My russian neigbours made me aware of the fire. Could see the smoke from the street. A solid column of smoke.

When will they ever learn that safety measures are sort of important.

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Seems Phuket is very ill equiped to handle any fire. Slow response times, lack of fire hydrants, poorly maintained equipment, lack of training etc.

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