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Deadly fire hits Bangkok shopping centre

Fire rescue workers at the scene of the fire Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Hundreds of people were evacuated from the shopping centre and hotel

At least two people have died after a fire broke out at a major Bangkok shopping mall complex on Wednesday.

The fire, which has now been brought under control, reportedly started on the eighth floor of the Centara Grand hotel at 17:40 local time (10:40 GMT).

At least one of those who died had fallen from the building, local reports say.

Videos on social media showed hundreds of people evacuating from the large shopping complex.

Other clips showed emergency services struggling to get through gridlocked rush-hour traffic to get to the scene.

Bangkok Governor Assawin Kwanmuang told local media that one person had died at the scene and two others at local hospital. He also said seven other people were injured.

Hospital and police officials could only confirm two fatalities.

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Image caption The complex also contains the 57-floor Centara Grand hotel and convention centre

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed.

On their Facebook page, CentralWorld said (in Thai) that the fire was brought under control about 30 minutes after it started.

The shopping centre’s website describes it as the largest lifestyle shopping destination in Bangkok.

It is also said to be as the 11th largest complex of its kind in the world.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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