Fire under the Mega Bridge


(Photo: Jerry)

FIRE UNDER THE MEGA BRIDGE - February 2, 2007
Jerry reports: Some pictures I took at 5:30pm of the village fire under the Rama 3 Mega Bridge approach.
Traffic on bridge and Rama 3 halted.
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(Photo: Jerry)


(Photo: Jerry)


(Photo: Jerry)


(Photo: Jerry)



(Photo: Steve)

Steve reports: I took these this evening around 1730 this evening from my condo on Rama III... Over about an hour there was a constant stream of fire trucks screaming through the traffic with motor bike out riders trying to get the traffic to move out of the way.  My wife also saw desperate locals rushing from various work places and running across the highway in order to get home.


(Photo: Steve)


(Photo: Steve)


(Photo: Steve)


Comments on the the Friday fire under the Mega-Bridge - February 6, 2007
Mega-Bridge photographer Jerry comment on Friday's fire under the bridge: During the fire, I was very impressed by the fast reaction of the fire services. The fire was in the middle of a high-density shack area and yet it was aggressively contained to a small area. The fire fighters formed a circle of spray to douse down the houses on the perimeter of the fire with water supplied by a large pump they set up in just moments to pump from the river. Today I passed the site and noted the army was there assisting with tents, water tanks, toilets and security. The municipality was also there managing the huge pile of donated clothes and food.
I noted in the Bangkok Post and The Nation, they referred to a filling station (BPost actually specified Esso) being near the fire site. I could not understand that and so asked around and found there used to be an Esso station there before the bridge construction but was then demolished. It is shown on 2005/2006 ThinkNet's Bangkok Map Magic CD. It is clear from even the dated Google Earth image that there is no gas station anywhere near.
Initially I thought it was the two papers trying to disgracefully boost the excitement of their reports. But after checking Map Magic it was clear they had used the erroneous data from there.
You are experienced at analyzing newspaper motivations and practices and I was wondering how many other cases of lazy reporting occur with these publications. It's almost as if they believe no one will ever check, so why bother to be accurate. I have seen two other cases of serious misleading/lazy reporting in the Bangkok Post. 2 years ago, Paradorn Srichapan had won a tennis match 6-2 4-6 6-4 as seen on TV. But the Post wrongly reported the score in a summary as 4-6 6-2 6-4 and made the story match the wrong score. The correct score was shown in the same publication, the same day in the detailed sports results section. In a more recent case, in their report on the Pattaya Marathon, they showed a photo of Boontoong (or was it Boonchu..I forget who won) crossing the finish line. But the photo was of the same guy but crossing the finish line of the Adidas King of the Road race two years earlier at Hua Mak. All these cases seem to be examples of writers working from home! Is this normal?
On each occasion I have pointed out the errors to the Post, but they are never acknowledged or corrected.
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