Fire at Central World Shopping Mall Bangkok just now and three people died and seven others were injured. My friend was in the Central World shopping mall for spa session before the therapist told him that there was fire in the mall. There were confusion and everyone tries to exit the mall quickly.
According to Bangkok Post, three people died and seven others were injured, some after jumping from the eighth floor, when fire broke out at the CentralWorld shopping complex on Wednesday evening.
The CentralWorld management stated on its Facebook page that the fire started at about 5.40pm in a smoke ventilation duct on the eighth floor of the shopping centre, which stands adjacent to Centara Grand at CentralWorld hotel on Rama I Road, close to the Ratchaprasong intersection in Pathumwan district.
Witnesses saw two people jumping from the eighth floor. Thick black smoke was seen billowing out, and explosions were heard.
Both the hotel and the shopping centre were evacuated. Initial reports said many people were trapped in the building. The CentralWorld page said its fire fighters put out the blaze at 6.10pm, about half an hour after it started.
Bangkok governor Aswin Kwangmuang said the 16-storey building was ordered closed pending investigation into the cause of the fire and its fire suppression system.
Three killed people were staff of the shopping complex. The seven injured people were admitted at Police General Hospital and Ratchavithi Hospital for smoke inhalation.
The blaze caused heavy traffic snarl-ups in the vicinity, especially on Rama I and Ratchadamri roads, as it occurred in the evening rush hour.
My friend managed to drive away from the mall and enjoying his dinner now. It is not sure how bad is the damage and will it be ready for this week’s Songkran Festival in Bangkok.