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Investigation into hospital fire opened

Police are investigating the likely causes of a fire at Praram 2 Hospital in Bang Khun Thien district on Sunday night that resulted in the death of a patient. The patient's legs and arm had been tied with rope to the bed, police said.

Dr Peera Kananuwat, hospital director, said Monday the patient, Manote Thepsanguan, 42, a regular patient and receiving treatment for alcoholism and lung infection. The director said the patient appeared to have mental problems such as talking to himself, following nurses and disturbing other patients. Therefore, the hospital decided to tie him to the bed as a preventive measure.

The victim was brought to the hospital by two men on March 21 and had no visitors. His request to smoke was rejected at about 9pm on Sunday and fire broke out in his room on the fourth floor of the building about midnight.

The fire damaged the bed of the patient, the director said, but refused to speculate as to the cause of the fire, saying it was the police’s duty.

Police commander; Pol Col Thanadet Theenaka, said evidence collected from the site showed that the fire may started near the victim’s torso and he had serious burn wounds on the right side of his body. Forensic officials found no cigarette butts or lighter at the scene and no sign of electrical short circuit in the room.


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