Phuket tourists escape as taxi bursts into flames

The taxi was engulfed by flames and eventually gutted by the fire. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Police have yet to confirm what caused a fire that engulfed a taxi while it was carrying tourists from Phuket International Airport to their high-end hotel in Cherng Talay.

Taxi driver Watcharachai Paka, 28, from Trang, told police that picked up a Chinese couple and their young son and was taking them to their five-star resort in Cherng Talay in the Laguna resort complex.

They had nearly reached their destination at about 9:15pm when he could smell burning and then could see flames coming out from under the bonnet.

All four got out of the taxi quickly, with no-one injured, Mr Watcharachai explained.

Mr Watcharachai attempted to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher, to no avail.

Firefighters soon arrived on the scene and put out the fire within about 15 minutes, but by then the car had been gutted by the fire.

Police said they were continuing their investigation. – Phuket News



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