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70 Families Homeless as Fire Destroys 5 Buildings in Bangkok’s Khlong San

(Updated Friday) – More than 70 families are homeless after fire swept through five buildings in Bangkok’s Khlong San District Wednesday night, injuring three and destroying five buildings.

The inferno that began about 8 p.m. on Soi Taksin 23 in Somdej Phra Chao Subdistrict visible far across the city started at a two-story apartment house and spread to three other buildings as Talat Plu firefighters struggled with the narrow street and lack of a water source.

The fire burned out-of-control for an hour, destroying the apartment house and four adjacent structures before crews got the blaze under control in about an hour. It took another hour to extinguish the last of the flames. A subsequent survey Thursday afternoon found 81 homes were damaged by fire, smoke or water, 72 of them seriously.

Fifty families in the apartment house are now homeless. They and 26 other families were evacuated to two nearby temples in the Thonburi district, city hall spokesman Phongsakorn Kwanmuang wrote on his Facebook page last night.

Bang Sam Re police reported that three firemen and rescuers were injured by falling timbers.

District administrators today are helping the families displaced and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.