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Bangkok market fire kills hundreds of animals

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Fire devastates pet section of famous Thai market

Hundreds of caged animals died on Tuesday after a fire struck Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most renowned markets in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok.

The fire, reported early in the morning, quickly spread across more than 100 shops in the market’s pet section, as reported by AP News.

Bangkok government officials stated that it took about an hour to bring the fire under control.

No human casualties were reported, but several hundred animals, including puppies, fish, snakes, birds, and rabbits, perished in the blaze.

Investigation into cause of fire

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt visited the scene after the fire was extinguished.

Officials were seen inspecting the charred shops and breaking metal gates to rescue surviving animals.

Officials are working to estimate the cost of the damage.

Shop owners affected by the fire can register for compensation.

Impact on Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market is a major tourist attraction, drawing shoppers from around the globe.

The market features hundreds of shops and stalls offering a wide range of items, including food, clothing, furniture, plants, books, and pets.

Wildlife organizations have often accused some vendors at the market of trafficking rare and endangered species such as turtles, tortoises, and birds.

This fire has brought renewed attention to these issues, though the investigation remains focused on the fire’s cause and the immediate response.

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