Angered By Her Husband, Woman 'Burns 42 Houses'

(21 October) Police have arrested a woman who allegedly burned down 42 houses following a heated argument with her husband.

The big fire, which burned down 42 houses in Ajnarong Slum in Klong Toey district, Bangkok, was reportedly caused by a woman who was furious at her husband, said Tha Ruea police yesterday.

According to Pol.Lt.Gen. Khamronwit Thoopkra-chang, Bangkok Police Chief, the fire was reported to have occurred from house No. 29 in the congested area before spreading to dozens of neighbouring houses. The incident affected 92 households, and caused at least 401 injuries .

Fortunately, nobody died in the fire.

The police then issued arrest warrants against the woman and arrested her on Monday.

The suspect, Ms. Chantana Patcharasopit, was walking with her husband, Mr. Somphon Khamindra, at the mall when police made the arrest. She promptly confessed to the crime, and stated that she was having a personal argument with her husband at the time.

The suspect said she burned some clothes inside their room and continued arguing with her husband later.

Tha Ruea police is scheduled to investigate the incident further.

Correction: The original version of this article referred to the ?401 injuries? as ?401 casualties?, as the word casualty does not necessarily indicate a death. However, the term has caused some confusion and has since been changed.

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