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Monday, August 20, 2012

Phuket fire cause unclear

Atipong Thongyon, manager of the Provincial Electricity Authority's Patong office, said the fire at the entertainment venue on Bangla Rd at 4am was not the result of faulty equipment.

"The transformers are intact. Power transmission isn't disrupted. So the claim that the fire was caused by a transformer explosion is untrue," said Mr Atipong, who lead a media inspection of the venue yesterday.

He said a check of security camera footage showed there was no blast from the transformer.

"We have examined the transformer near the disco in Soi Bangla and there is no sign of a fire," said Mr Athipong. "Even if by some chance the tranformer had caught fire, the flames would have had to leap more than 20m to the disco building."

Phuket police commander Pol Maj Gen Chonnasit Wattanawarangkoon said after the blaze that witnesses claimed sparks from an electricity transformer near the club started the fire after heavy rains caused a brief blackout in parts of the island.

Pol Maj Gen Chonnasit said an investigation into the cause of the fire at the two-storey venue was continuing and that identification of the victims had not been completed.

A French national and a Japanese national are believed to have died in the blaze. Read More