Sukhawadee House, an ornate complex and tourist attraction, went up in flames this morning, Wednesday, July 1st.
The attraction, famed for its opulent decorations and performances, had been closed to the public for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic and was due to reopen its doors today.
The fire began in the Buddhabaramee building, quickly spreading throughout the complex to the main building around 10.30 am.
Fire crews rushed to the scene when the alarm was raised to douse the flames that were engulfing much of the 80-rai compound in the Bang Lamung district.
The Buddhabaramee building, where the fire started, houses numerous Buddha relics and images and is well-known for its wooden architecture.
The fire caused severe damage to the building, cracking the infrastructure and destroying many of the items inside.
A maid from Myanmar, who works at the complex, said that she had turned on the electrical system earlier that morning and went about her work as usual.
Around two hours later, she heard a loud bang and saw flames emerging from the stage area, spreading quickly throughout the compound.
Initial reports estimate the damage of at least 200 million baht, not including the objects of worship, Buddha images, and other items inside the building.
The estate, owned by the Chairman of Saha Farms Co., Panya Chotitawan, is insured for two billion baht.
Source: Bangkok Post