Popular Jodds Market ordered to close down after big blaze

Photo: Aye_artima / Twitter
Photo: Aye_artima / Twitter

A popular market fair is ordered to close down after a fire had completely destroyed over 120 shops.

The Huai Khwang district office has ordered the shutdown of the Jodd Fairs market behind Central Plaza Rama IX until renovations are completed when a fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators are still trying to find out the cause of the fire, which destroyed over four blocks of the market. Police believe the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit.

The district office will provide each shop with an THB11,000 recovery fund, whereas victims will provide documents and lease agreements. City officials predict that relief efforts would total THB1.3 million.

District chief Paitook Ngammuk said it would take up to 15 days for renovations to complete, promising tighter safety measures to prevent future accidents including taking precautions for shops that use heating for cooking.

One woman was reportedly injured from inhaling the smoke. She chose not to receive any medical treatment.

The Jodds Market fair is a popular tourist night market, home to over 700 shops full of food, drinks, and fashion boutique stores. A second Jodds Fair market opened in May of this year at the former Dan Neramit amusement park, offering similar food items and clothing, with lots of bean bags for customers to rest in the open green field and numerous photo spots for social media.

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