A Server Farm That Was Likely Mining Crypto Burst Into Flames

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CityNews reported that a cryptocurrency mining server farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand burst into flames on the morning of December 3.

The resulting fire reportedly caused roughly $60,000 (2 million baht) worth of damage to the three-story builing. However, Mae Ping Police said there was no one in the building at the time, so hopefully, the only hardships incurred by the incident are financial.

The fire destroyed 72 servers; however, it's not clear if that's all of the servers in the building or just the ones affected by the flames. The key takeaway is that authorities "believed that the office was mining cryptocurrencies."

The report doesn't identify the equipment used in the server farm or what cryptocurrency might have been mined. Crypto mining is pretty much always a power-hungry process, though, so the details probably aren't critical.

But enthusiasts who've been unable to buy new graphics cards at retail prices are likely rolling their eyes at the incident. Unfortunately, miners have exacerbated the ongoing GPU shortage by purchasing anything they can get their hands on so they can make a quick buck.

An optimist could imagine the server farm relied on dedicated mining rigs instead of consumer GPUs. But, on the other hand, a pessimist might wonder how anyone could allow such tragedy to befall the best graphics cards for gaming when they're already in such short supply.

Images of the incident published by CityNews suggest the hardware won't be salvageable either way. Perhaps those PC gamers with a natural inclination towards schadenfreude can find solace in knowing that nobody can use the equipment now.

Even if the servers weren't being used to mine cryptocurrency, the incident highlights the importance of making sure all of the systems are being used safely, especially so far as their operating temperatures and power supplies are concerned.

Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • Endymio
    $60K in total damages? Even if one assumes the resultant fire damaged no buildings or other property, that's a rather insignificant "server farm". It may be better described as "one apartment with a pile of second-hand computers"; hardly an event worth reporting half a globe away, unless the editors are hurting badly for content.
  • kanewolf
    That new "Pyro coin" is very volatile :)
  • Co BIY
    60k - A fender bender between two new cars can reach that pretty easily.

    How come commenting is not loading on many articles ? Like the latest on about the Intel ARC announcement.
  • OriginFree
    Admin said:
    A server farm believed to be devoted to cryptocurrency mining burst into flames and caused over 2 million baht in damages.

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    $60k ... so 3 3090s.
  • slash3
    It was an apartment with a rack of ASIC miners in it. There are photos posted on the source site which the author would have seen if they'd clicked through.

  • Krotow
    Seems another reason to ban this kind of "home mining" ;)