Bangchak refinery fire under control
Bangchak Petroleum has contained the fire at its refining unit in Soi Sukhumvit 64 and there were no injuries as a result of the incident. The fire broke out at 7.20am today.
The entrance to Soi Sukhumvit 64 remains closed to traffic.
Witnesses said they heard the explosion before the fire broke out. The explosion shook the area. The scene of the blast was far from living quarters so no evacuation order was issued.
The fire sent a thick column of smoke into the air that could be seen across the Thai capital.
He said that the company has dispatched officers to monitor the situation and update communities around the refinery.
Energy Minister Arak Chonlatanon is hosting a press conference to explain this incident today, at 2pm.