6 June 2024

Four children were killed in a fire in a detached house in Pa Bon district of Thailand’s southern province of Phatthalung early this morning.

The house owner, Arshi Dolah, is reported to have told the district police that he and his wife left home at about 2am, to tap rubber latex in their plantation about a kilometre away.

He said that he left the four children at home, as they were asleep when they went out to work, adding that his wife returned home at about 4am to find the house on fire.

His wife tried to get into the burning building to help the children, but was prevented from doing so by neighbours,who feared that she might become another casualty. Fire trucks arrived and extinguished the blaze, but it was too late to save the children. They were the couple’s own kids and their grandchildren.