Bangkok market fire kills at least two


BANGKOK, June 26 (Reuters) – A huge fire in Bangkok set buildings and cars ablaze in a market community near the city’s Chinatown on Sunday, killing at least two people and nine others suffering from smoke inhalation, according to the governor of the Thai capital and the local media. .

There were several flashes and loud bangs, and people shouted that a power transformer had exploded as they ran away, according to Facebook user ‘Oaky Ekarat Soyin’, who claimed to have witnessed it. of the incident.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt told reporters that a power transformer in a three-storey building had exploded, starting the fire which quickly engulfed the building.

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“The fire is now under control,” he said, adding that two people died and nine others, mostly firefighters, were inhaled by the smoke.

The dead, a 35-year-old Burmese migrant worker and a Thai national, worked at a store selling packaging made mostly from plastic materials, according to Thai media.

Authorities said the two men were trapped inside when the fire broke out at the entrance to the store. An investigation has not yet taken place.

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Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Toby Chopra

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