SIX family members including adults and children ran in shock after the engine of their sedan caught fire as they were driving home in Nakhon Ratchasima last night with this malfunction blamed on the currently extremely hot weather, Thai News Agency said today (April 27).
The black sedan caught fire on Chalermprakiat Road in Muang District of this Northeastern province at around 10 p.m. last night. Firemen and rescue officials rushed in with a fire engine and saw the engine ablaze with tongues of flame shooting out and lots of black smoke.
It took them 20 minutes to put out the fire and later they saw that the engine was completely damaged.
Somchai Shinkhunthod, 35, the driver and car owner, said while driving his family home with there being altogether six people including himself, he smelt something burning from the engine so he parked the car and opened the bonnet and found that the battery and fuse box had melted so much that it had started giving off smoke and a fire very quickly broke out.
He then yelled to his family to run for their lives which they safely did. He thinks the engine malfunctioned because of the extremely hot weather.
According to the Thai Meteorological Department during April 27-29 a high pressure from China will extend to cover upper Thailand and South China Sea leading to hot to very hot weather in some places. Outbreaks of summer thunderstorms are likely over Thailand with the North and Northeast facing rain, hail and gusty winds
From April 30 to May 2 this high pressure will start weakening and along with it a decrease of thunderstorms. .
In Bangkok during April 27-29 there will be isolated and scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds. Minimum temperature is 25-27 °C. and maximum temperature 32-35 °C. Southeasterly wind will be at 10-30 km/hr.
It will get hotter in Bangkok from April 30 to May 2 with the minimum temperature being 26-29 °C. and maximum temperature 34-38 °C but there also will be isolated thundershowers. Southwesterly wind wil be at 10-30 km/hr.
Top: A fireman putting out the blaze which erupted in the engine of a black sedan last night. Photo: Thai News Agency