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Market bonfire in Donsak, gateway to Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan

A community market has caught fire in Donsak, the southern port district of Surat Thani province which serves as the gateway to the tropical tourist islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. The fire started in the early hours yesterday morning and spread to damage two houses adjacent to the Donsak market.

The fire broke out at a house in Tambon Donsak on Soi 4 ​​off Chai Khram Road around 4.20am on Sunday and began to spread. Emergency services were quickly notified and forces joined fire trucks sent by both Donsak municipality and neighboring Thong Nien tambon administration.

The fire was large enough that fire crews were joined by the town’s mayor who arrived on the scene and oversaw the evacuation of residents as well as firefighting efforts.

Firefighters fought to extinguish the flames and after about an hour they managed to bring the fire under control. But at that time, two houses were damaged beyond repair. Although the casualties at home were tragic, the fire caused no casualties and no one was injured by the flames or in the rush to evacuate.

For now, the cause and origin of the fire have not yet been identified, but the local police have launched an investigation to get to the bottom of things.

The Donsak district is a quiet coastal area with a port town famous for connecting the mainland to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. At the tip of the tambon, adjacent to each other are Raja Ferry Port and Seatran Ferry Port. Both companies frequently operate large ferries that transport cars, motorcycles, cargo trucks and passengers to the islands, weather permitting. Donsak is also home to Nangkham Beach, a scenic off-the-beaten-path beach that is occasionally visited by rare pink dolphins.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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