Three people were killed and 20 injured after a gas pipe explosion at a factory next to a school in Thailand today (October 22). According to the Bangkok Post, two elderly women in their 80s were among the three people killed.
The blaze erupted at the building in Samut Prakan province shortly after 1 pm local time as flames reached more than 100ft in the air. The bright orange flames could be seen up to 50 miles away in neighbouring Bangkok.
Terrified locals fled from their homes and other building in the area, with at least 20 cars and 10 houses damaged by the blast.
The Bangkok Post said 40 to 50 fire engines were called to the scene to help battle the huge blaze.
The fire sent plumes of smoke into the air and they filled the sky on the approaching flight path to the country’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Electricity to neighbouring buildings was cut following the blast and the fire, which was brought under control by 4 pm. Wutthikorn Stithit, senior executive vice president of PTT’s gas business unit, said the explosion came from a gas pipe leading to the Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi.
In a statement, the company said the explosion was caused by a gas leak from one of the pipes.
They are investigating the explosion.