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Residents pack bags as Samut Prakan dump burns again

Fire raged through the Praeksa dumpsite in Samut Prakan again yesterday, spreading smoke over nearby areas and sparking concern among residents.

Two months ago, people in several districts of Samut Prakan and adjacent Bangkok suffered from toxic fumes for days due to a fire at the same dumpsite. Officials and neighbours believed industrial waste might have been dumped there illegally.

"Perhaps the weather was so hot that a spark restarted the fire from down under the pile of garbage," Bang Poo Police Station's superintendent Colonel Wichit Boonchinwuttikul said.

His station received reports of the latest fire at around 12.30pm yesterday.

More than 10 fire trucks went to the scene but were unable to control the blaze as of press time. The fire had already spread over three-rai of the 150-rai Praeksa dumpsite.

Locals wore facial masks as thick plumes of black smoke continued to billow out of the site and many were seen packing their bags.

A local resident said, "If the smoke keeps billowing, I may have to move to an evacuation centre provided by the Tambon Praeksa Administrative Organisation".




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