Fireman Dies From Covid After Surviving Samut Prakan Fire

A firefighter who survived the recent blaze at a factory owned by Taiwan-based Ming Dih Chemical Co died from Covid-19 on Wednesday.

Local media reported that the man, identified as Naruphon Wongyaem, passed away the same day his test result was known.

Yesterday, Bang Chaloeng’s Tambon Management Organization (TAO) fire and rescue unit posted a condolence message to the staff member and his family on social media.

Mr. Naruphon was part of the rescue unit members who fought the tremendous blaze at the Ming Dih factory in Bang Phli district on July 5.

A rescue volunteer, who assisted with the processes to put out the fire, was killed while 39 other people were injured. Mr. Naruphon was left unscathed.

Unit chief Apichart Sukrat reported shortly after the incident that ten firefighters had caught the virus.

Later on Sunday, the fire and rescue office wrote on Facebook that Mr. Naruphon and 22 other people who had been in close contact with the patients were put in quarantine.

The firefighting unit also announced that it would cease operations until the end of this month.

Mr. Naruphon, 47, was ordered to serve a quarantine period at home on Sunday before being taken to Chularat 3 Hospital for testing on Monday.

A day later, he was sent to the Bang Chaloeng TAO multipurpose building for quarantine.

On Wednesday, the hospital sent the test result to him, showing that he was infected. But Mr. Naruphon was found dead the same day in the building.