SURIN Governor Nirun Kalayanamitr yesterday ordered the immediate closure of Global House Store, pending an investigation into the collapse of its building, which killed six people including a pregnant woman.
The closure is a preventive measure out of concern that the buildings of the store could collapse again.
Engineers were assigned to check the structure of other buildings of the store, while investigators will look into the store’s legal permits.
Global House belongs to Siam Global House, an affiliate of SCG Distribution, which is one of the subsidiaries of SCG Group.
On Tuesday, the entrance to a construction material store collapsed following heavy rain and strong winds in Muang district.
Police were alerted at about 4pm that the concrete walls used to block the wind had failed to withstand the winds and had collapsed on to the roof of the entrance building. Heavy rains, hailstones and strong winds buffeted the area for more than an hour.
Family seeking shelter found dead
Rescue workers who rushed to the scene initially found three bodies of a family under the debris. They were identified as Charan Phetnok, 32; Sudathip Ukart, 33; who was pregnant, and their daughter Maturot Phetnok, 12. They had stopped by at the store to shop and avoid the heavy rain.
At about 10pm on Tuesday, rescue workers found the bodies of three male staff who were identified by their nametags as Rob Chusrikhao, 56; Yo Saengprasert, 36; and Sakchai Prajujan, 39.
Two other staff injured in the collapse were sent to Surin Hospital.
Meanwhile, Niyom Summanut, Siam Global House’s regional director for the Northeast, said the incident took place after a lighting struck a lighting rod, causing the building to crack and later collapse when hit by strong winds.
The firm has already given initial compensation of Bt50,000 to the families of each victim and will later offer Bt1 million for each victim. If a victim has children, it will support tuition fees until bachelor’s degree. Those injured will be given Bt100,000 each and medical treatment will be covered by the firm.
Listed firm Siam Global House yesterday also expressed condolences to the victims on the homepage of its website.