Hundreds of Animals Die in Fire at Bangkok Market

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.11 - 2024 3:18 PM CET

A fire at Bangkok's popular Chatuchak market resulted in the deaths of hundreds of animals.

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On Tuesday morning, hundreds of animals died in a fire at the Chatuchak market, a well-known tourist spot in Bangkok, Thailand.

According to local media, the fire broke out in the early hours, killing a variety of animals including monkeys, dogs, cats, birds, fish, snakes, rabbits, and chickens. Exotic species were also among the casualties.

No people were injured in the incident.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are still ongoing.

The fire reportedly started shortly after 4 a.m. local time in the area where animals are kept, known as the Sri Somrat market.

This area includes around 118 stalls covering approximately 1,400 square meters.

An eyewitness reported to The Nation newspaper that animals were making loud calls as the fire spread. The fire was brought under control after about 30 minutes, according to the Bangkok Post.

The Chatuchak Market is considered one of the largest weekend markets in Thailand.

According to the operators, it attracts around 200,000 visitors every Saturday and Sunday. The open-air market offers food, clothing, art, and household appliances at around 15,000 stalls, with parts of the market also open during the week.

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