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4 Hurt, 30 Homes Razed in Bangkok Slum Fire

Four people were injured and 40 shacks were destroyed by fire in a Bangkok slum Tuesday.
Four people were injured and 40 shacks were destroyed by fire in a Bangkok slum Tuesday.

Four people were injured and 40 shacks were destroyed by fire in a Bangkok slum Tuesday.

The blaze in the Bon Kai neighborhood on Rama 4 Road in Pathumwan District began around 1:30 p.m. and burned for about two hours before firefighters brought the flames under control. The fire station was only 600 meters away.

Bangkok Gov. Chadchart Sittipunt said narrow roads in the slum made it difficult for firefighters to reach the blaze and the closest fire hydrant was far out on Rama 4.

About 12,000 people live in 500 run-down or makeshift houses in the 2.4-hectare community.

Four people sustained smoke inhalation. Those made homeless are now living in a shelter and will receive 3,000-5,000 baht each in initial compensation from the city.

Inspecting the scene, Chadchart said more hydrants need to be added in crowded communities off major roads.