11 July 2024

Two killed, seven injured in fire at Central World

Three persons were killed and another seven injured after fire broke out in an office building of Centara Grand Hotel in the compound of the Central World, Thailand’s biggest shopping complex, in Rajprasong area.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Khwanmuang said one of those killed plunged to his death from the eighth floor of the building where the fire started.  He confirmed that the other two died upon arrival at Chulalongkorn Hospital.

Seven others who were injured are being treated at Police and Rajvithee hospitals and are believed to be out of danger.  They include another person who also jumped off the building from the burning floor.  All the victims are Thais.

Pinit Arayasilapathorn, director of Pathumwan district, said the fire broke out in a document storage room on the eight floor of the building.  The rest of the complex, including the shopping arcade, was not affected, he said.

The governor said two of the three persons killed were employees working in the building while the other was a visitor.

The fire broke out at around 5 pm and was put under control more than two hours later.  The area was closed to traffic as fire-fighters battled the blaze.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.