Thai-ASEAN News Network - Probe Underway for Phitsanulok Underground Fire
Probe Underway for Phitsanulok Underground Fire
UPDATE : 25 April 2012
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and local environment officials in Phitsanulok Province have been inspecting an underground fire phenomenon which has been affecting locals and animals in Nakhonthai District.
Acting Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Itsaraporn Sujano, along with local environment officials, visited Nongkratao Subdistrict in Nakhonthai District of Phitsanulok Province to determine the cause of the underground fire phenomenon.
A total of three locals have been injured while a number of cats and dogs have died.
The underground fire broke out over an area of 400 square meters on the Nakhonthai-Dan Sai Road.
A lumber mill used to be located there in 1982, and locals also used the area to burn wood in order to make charcoal.
Officials have blocked and put up a warning around the premises. Furthermore, locals have been advised to spray water on the ground to reduce the heat.
The cause of the underground fire has not been determined so far and officials have been asking for help from other agencies to determine the cause.
Locals are of the belief that the phenomenon was caused by recent earthquakes in Thailand.
They want officials to quickly determine the cause and put a fence around the area so that children and animals cannot enter the site.