At least two people died and 16 were injured when a fire broke out at Bangkok’s biggest shopping centre, forcing some people to jump from the burning building, last Wednesday.
The Central World Complex, which includes a shopping mall, offices, and a hotel, was evacuated.
“The building will be closed until it is safe,” Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang told reporters at the scene of the fire.
Local media showed video of one person jumping from a smoke-filled window to escape the fire.
“I saw smoke coming out from the building and two people jumped,” an eyewitness, told Reuters.
The blaze started in the parking garage of the complex, police said. The cause was not yet known but was believed to have started in a document storage room in one of the buildings that form part of the complex.
The fire came in an area popular with tourists, just days before the Songkran holiday on April 13 to 15.
The fire broke out during Bangkok’s evening rush hour. Sirens from emergency vehicles wailed as they tried to make their way through the congested city’s gridlocked traffic.
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