Infant dies in community inferno, no adults at home

A fire raged through a community in Lat Krabang district of eastern Bangkok on Sunday night, killing a 4-month-old child and burning down about 22 houses.

Police were informed of the fire in a community along a canal near Wat Sangkharacha in Soi Lat Krabang 3 about 11pm. 

The flames were leaping through houses made mostly of wood, and thick smoke was spilling into the air when firefighters arrived. They spent about two hours battling the blaze before bringing it under control.

Lat Krabang police chief Pol Col Sarawuth Siri said an initiall count showed that 22 houses were burned down. The body of a 4-month-old child was found in the charred ruins of one house.

Image of the fire captured from a video clip posted by Luksanawong Saechan via YouLike (Clip Ded).

The infant’s father, Yutthana Wanichphansakul, 40, told police he had been hanging out with his friends at the mouth of the soi since about 4pm on Sunday.

Usually other family members were in the house, but on Sunday night his 7-year old daughter and 4-month old son were home alone, he admitted.

When he saw the fire he had rushed back to his home, where he saw his daughter running out without the baby, who was left behind in the house engulfed by the flames.

He tried to go inside the house to help his son, but neighbours stopped him as the fire was roaring through it  too quickly.

Pol Col Sarawuth said the cause of the fire had not yet been determined. Temporary shelter was being provided at the nearby temple for residents left homeless by the blaze.

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