At Least Two Killed As Fire Guts Shopping Mall In Bangkok


At least two people were killed and nearly a dozen injured after a fire broke out at one of Bangkok’s busiest and most popular shopping malls Wednesday evening, officials said.

The blaze at Central World broke out at around 6pm, a spokesperson for the Erawan Medical Emergency centre told reporters.

“One (person) died at the scene” and another at a nearby hospital, the spokesperson said.

Footage circulating on social media showed smoke billowing from the structure.

Employees of the mall stood outside as sirens blared.

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“Fire fighters are working to control a fire at Central World,” police spokesperson Krissana Pattanacharoen said.

He later added that the fatality toll was “likely two to three” and that one person had leapt to their death.

The area around Central World is a shopping haven and was chock-full of tourists and rush-hour traffic.

A company representative told reporters the fire appears to have started on the 8th floor, but had been contained and the building evacuated.

The mall is owned by Central Group, which is controlled by one of the wealthiest families in the country.


Three Killed, 24 Injured In Malaysia Shopping Mall Explosion

Members of a Malaysian rescue team evacuate an injured woman after an explosion at the City One Megamall in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak state, on December 4, 2018. Photo: AFP

Three people were killed and 24 injured  on Tuesday when a powerful explosion rocked a shopping mall in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, but a fire official said it was not caused by a bomb.

The official Bernama news agency said the blast could have been caused by a leaking gas tank.

Wan Abdul Mubin, head of the fire rescue department in the state capital Kuching, told AFP his office received an emergency call at around 0737 GMT.

“We scrambled 39 officers to the scene. We are investigating the cause of the explosion. It is one of the worst tragedies in the state in years. But it is not a bomb,” he said.

“We recovered the bodies of three men. And we have helped in the evacuation of 24 people injured to the nearby public hospital,” he added.

Wan Abdul said the explosion happened near a store on the ground floor of the shopping mall that was undergoing renovation.

A video clip of the aftermath showed the facade of the store torn apart, with some people screaming for help.

“I was purchasing a pizza in front of the shop when suddenly a strong explosion occurred,” George Sting, 39, told Bernama.

“The workers in the shop immediately ran out,” he said, adding that some were seriously injured.

Wina Simion, 46, who was sitting near the store with her family members said the explosion caused their table to flip.


Phil-Hallmark Inferno: Obaseki Vows To Establish Cause Of Incident

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, Inferno, FireThe Edo State government has promised to conduct full investigation into the fire incident that gutted the Phil-Hallmark, the only ultra-modern shopping mall in Benin City.

Governor Godwin Obaseki spoke with reporters on Monday when he went on an on-the-spot inspection of the mall in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

The Governor, who was obviously shocked at the damage done to the mall, described the damage as catastrophic and a major disaster.

He said investigation would be conducted into the activities of the state fire

Properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were said to have been destroyed by fire at the shopping mall located along Sapele road in the early hours of Sunday, December 11.

Witnesses who decried poor response by men of the Edo State Fire Service, said the inferno started at about 3:00AM from the top floor of the building.

Although the director of the agency, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost, he attributed their delayed response to lack of adequate equipment.

Amosun Vows To Probe Cause Of Abeokuta Building Collapse

Abeokuta, Building Collapse, Ibikunle AmosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has promised to thoroughly scrutinise the cause of the building collapse in Abeokuta.

The Governor made the vow while coordinating the rescue and search activities at the scene of the collapsed ultra-modern shopping complex at the popular Itoku market in the Ogun State’s capital, southwest Nigeria.

He had assured residents of the state on Friday that his administration would get to the root of the immediate and remote cause of the collapse building which killed one person and injured others.

Governor Amosun stressed that the State government would take full responsibility of what happened, saying that viability test would be conducted on other structures around the place to ensure safety of life and property.

While also assuring that everything humanly possible would be done to forestall recurrence of the sad incident, he urged residents to be calm and go about their normal activities without fear.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, gave the death figure while sympathising with the families of persons who lost their lives in the incident.

He stated that eight people escaped unhurt and that five others were receiving treatment in the hospital.

One Dead In Abeokuta Building Collapse

Abeokuta-collapsed-buildingThe Ogun State government has confirmed the death of a woman in the collapse of an ultra-modern shopping complex at the popular Itoku market in Abeokuta.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, gave the figure while addressing reporters at the scene of the incident in the capital city in south-west Nigeria.

He also stated that eight people escaped unhurt and that five others were receiving treatment in the hospital.

“Two of the injured persons have been discharged,” the Commissioner said.


Search and rescue operations are continuing to ensure there are no other persons trapped in the rubble of the building that was under construction.

The Commissioner also sympathised with the family of the woman who lost her life in the incident.

At the scene of the incident, the Southwest Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yakubu Sulaimon, said that equipment and officials of NEMA, Ogun State Fire Service and that of other relevant agencies were on ground for the rescue operations.

The cause of the collapse of the building, reported to have collapse around 8:30AM, is yet unknown.



Nigeria At 53: Police Boss Places Security Agencies On Red Alert

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has placed officers and men of the force, as well as other special operatives, on red alert nation-wide to ensure a safe outing ahead of the 2013 Independence Day Celebration.

The police chief said he has also directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Command Commissioners of Police, including the Maritime Command to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their commands, and to pay special attention to shopping malls, public parks and beaches, highways and other critical infrastructure and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well being of the citizenry.

In a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, the force assured Nigerians that it would do everything within available resources to discharge their statutory responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during this period.

He urged well-meaning persons and groups to cooperate with the Force by providing useful information, especially with regards to the on-going fight against terrorism and other forms of crime and criminality, for the mutual benefit and collective interest of the citizenry.