Chaiyaphum rebuilt after his grandson burned down the family home


An 86-year-old woman, along with her daughter and 3 daughters, will be given a new home by the provincial authorities in Chaiyaphum after her drug-addicted grandson burned down the family home. Last Friday, the old woman’s grandson, who is believed to be a drug addict, threatened the lives of his mother and grandmother and then set fire to their house in Tambon Nong Na Saeng in Chatturat district.

After the family home was burned down, the women were left homeless, but the 37-year-old grandson was arrested and now has a place to stay – Chaiyaphum prison where he is being held as he faces arson charges.

The family was stuck without a home to sleep in and were forced to stay in a shackled shack along the Chaiyaphum-Si Khiu road in Tambon Laharn. They have spent the week fetching water from nearby rice paddies and surviving by selling duck eggs from the flock of ducks they care for.

The Governor of Chaiyaphum joined officials on an inspection of the house which was destroyed by fire, then met the 86-year-old grandmother and her 16-year-old granddaughter. The old woman said she was constantly afraid that her drugged grandson would attack her and threaten to kill her. Authorities had to reassure her that the man was already in jail and that she was safe.

He then inspected their temporary roadside shack and said it was unfit and unsafe for occupancy. It was then that he swore to build them a new home and even offered to put them up in rooms in the Chaiyaphum government compound. She refused, citing fears for the safety of her own home, but her daughter convinced her to agree to stay with a neighbour.

The government expects a new house to be built for the grandmother in about 7 days.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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