Flames damages 65 year-old Ying Charoen market in northern Bangkok

Image: Thai PBS / YouTube
Image: Thai PBS / YouTube

More than 20 fire trucks were needed to extinguish a raging fire at a northern Bangkok market early this morning.

Firefighters were summoned at 3am to put out a large blaze tearing through wooden buildings at the Ying Charoen Market in Bang Khen district. Vendors were spotted trying to flee the flames carrying their merchandise from what is the area’s oldest market. 

The quickly spreading flames took over two hours to bring under control. 

There were no reports of injury as the market was closed at the time, according to Chusit Maneein of the Bang Khen Police Station. As of 10am, he said investigators were still determining the cause of the fire.

Saichon Sawatdichai, a 33-year-old market employee, said the fire mostly destroyed about 50 stalls in a part of the market selling miscellaneous goods. The market hosts about 1,500 stalls total, he said. He said it was the first fire at the market in its 65 years.

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