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Bangkok's Chatuchak Market Catches Fire, Destroying 110 Shops

No injuries were reported.
Bangkok's Chatuchak Market Catches Fire, Destroying 110 Shops
No injuries were reported.

A massive blaze broke out in Thailand's world-famous Chatuchak weekend market on Sunday evening, June 2, resulting in 110 shops being destroyed.

According to The Bangkok Post, the fire started at around 9 p.m. near Gate 1 of the market. It was brought under control by the firefighters deployed to the scene about an hour later.

The news outlet also reported that, after police investigation, it was likely an electrical transformer explosion that caused the fire. Witnesses claimed that they saw sparks and heard sporadic blasts shortly before the flames blazed through the labyrinth-like emporium.


Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok's city hall governor, stated that 110 shops covering a total area of 8,000 square metres were ravaged by the fire. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will pay each shop 10,000 baht (approximately P16,518) in compensation. In addition, they will also set up makeshift tents for free so the affected merchants may sell their products for a year while the structure is being rebuilt. 

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