By Tossapoi Boonpat, Nation:
A 50-year-old motorcyclist, who died when he encountered an out-of-control forest fire on a dirt road in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district on Sunday afternoon, was not drunk as previously reported, officials said on Tuesday.
In fact he had been on his way to help the authorities put out the fire, not just returning to his farm, they explained.
On Sunday afternoon, police found Burin Thaweekijbowornkul’s lifeless body 10 metres from his toppled and burned-out motorcycle on the road at Mae Or (Moo 3) village in Tambon Mae Yuam Noi, where he came across the blaze, reportedly succumbed to smoke inhalation and died.
In previous Thai news reports, Burin was said to have to be in a drunken state after having drinks with friends before setting out on his journey, an account which his relatives and the local authorities have now dismissed.
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