Imagine, if you will, an inferno of such magnitude that it turns a once-thriving center of commerce into an apocalyptic landscape. In Prachin Buri’s Kabin Buri district, an insatiable fire beast did just that, devouring not one, but three fabric warehouses in a mesmerizing dance that lasted longer than your average workday.
It all began in the dead of night, around 1 a.m., beneath the inky black sky. A symphony of crackles pierced the silence of tambon Lat Takhian—an ominous overture. The S. Chutima fabric warehouses—sprawling across 25 rai (40,000 square meters) of land—became the stage for a fiery spectacle that no soul wished to witness.
Pol Lt Thanawat Jandee, Sa Bua police station’s deputy inspector, spearheaded the desperate battle against the relentless blaze. Benny Hill himself couldn’t have orchestrated the chaos as over 10 fire engines and a brigade of brave rescuers from nearby municipalities poured into the fray. Our antagonist, however? A horde of fabric and plastic, over 100 tonnes in total, which, when coupled with the kingdom’s infamous dry weather, fed the flames with the voracity of a starving dragon.
As dawn crept over the horizon, painting the sky with brushes of pink and orange, the fire’s hunger finally began to subside. Yet, in a twist of fate, the bravest of fire engines were not enough to tame the beast swiftly. It wasn’t until the clock struck 6 that the towering inferno became a sea of embers.
In a nearby abode, Piangchan Wongprathet, the entrepreneur behind this empire of textiles, woke to the crackling that signaled disaster. With haste that would rival Usain Bolt, she dashed to the scene, telephoned the guardians of flame, and sounded the alarm for the fire units.
Despite her swiftness, the flames danced too quickly, pirouetting beyond control. All attempts to salvage the treasures within thwarted, she watched her economic citadel crumble to cinders, with the ruinous tally reaching the dizzying heights of 100 million baht.
In an incredible stroke of luck, there were no souls to mourn; no injuries marred this dreadful occasion. And while whispers of an electrical circuit’s betrayal float amongst the ashes, police continue to piece together this puzzle, seeking the spark that ignited this costly conflagration. As our tale concludes, we’re reminded, sometimes, in the relentless pursuit of triumph, we encounter trials by fire—one hopes this was but a rare nightmare in the land of smiles.