‘Hal­lu­ci­nat­ing’ se­cu­rity guard ar­rested for ar­son that killed two in Bangkok

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

A 44-year-old se­cu­rity guard was ar­rested on a count of ar­son af­ter a shop burned down in Bangkok’s Pom Prab Sat­tru Phai district on Sun­day morn­ing, killing two peo­ple in­side.

An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued on Sun­day for Nakhon Sawan na­tive Sam­ruay Paisal on a charge of ar­son caus­ing the death of other peo­ple.

He re­port­edly was an al­co­holic who suf­fered from hal­lu­ci­na­tions that some­one was try­ing to kill him and car­ried a knife for “pro­tec­tion”, po­lice said.

Sam­ruay was ac­cused of pour­ing gaso­line onto piles of clothes to start a fire in the five­storey whole­sale clothes shop in Soi Lan Luang 8.

He re­port­edly was drunk and be­lieved peo­ple were af­ter him when he heard foot­steps in the build­ing.

Af­ter an in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he re­port­edly con­fessed to ig­nit­ing the fire due to a hal­lu­ci­na­tion at about 1am on Sun­day.

Al­though he later at­tempted to ex­tin­guish the flames, the fire spread quickly and killed worker Boon­thon Meesap, 45, and his wife Sam­ran Th­ablak­silpa, 42, who were sleep­ing on the build­ing’s top floor.

The fire dam­age was es­ti­mated at Bt23 mil­lion.

The build­ing was ini­tially sealed for in­spec­tion for 15 days af­ter the fire amid fears it might col­lapse.

En­gi­neer­ing au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day in­spected the site and said the struc­ture was still in­tact and could be re­paired.

They also told the build­ing owner to add fire ex­its and other mea­sures to meet safety re­quire­ments.

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