Forensic police are pouring over the remains of a Saha Farms chicken processing plant in Lop Buri that was destroyed by a suspicious blaze that broke out late Saturday night. The estimated loss is about Bt60 million.

According to a some sources, this Saha Farms plant had faced liquidity problems and was going to close down, without paying the back wages to more than 5,000 employees. Many workers have not been paid their full wages for previous months, on top of what they earned in the last two months, which the plant fully owes to all the employees.

Saha Farms executives have not spoken publicly about the incident. They refused to comment on the possibility of arson.

A crime scene inspection source concluded that an electric short circuit was the prime suspected cause of the blaze, as long as no evidence was uncovered that the fire was intentionally set.