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Relevant officials yesterday rushed to examine a spot in Phitsanulok's Nakhon Thai district where fire has reportedly been raging underground. The fire has also reportedly burned four dogs to death.
Last Saturday, resident Chatree Boonyarit also suffered from burns as he tried to rescue a dog in the area.
"Before that, another man was injured at the same spot. He said the road surface had collapsed a bit and there was a fire raging down under," village chief Natcha Saengsiri said. The spot has been cordoned off.
"We have used water to control the blaze, which is starting to rise to the surface," Phitsanulok disaster prevention and mitigation chief Issaraporn Suchano said.
Somboon Kositanon, a senior mineral resources official, said initial examination suggested that methane from accumulated sawdust, weeds and dry leaves as well as heat might have caused the fire.