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Five dead and several injured after residential building collapses in Bangkok

HINO truck fire engine in Thailand

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At least five people were killed and seven seriously injured in the collapse of a residential building in Thawi Watthana district of Bangkok, according to the Bangkok Post. Among the deceased are four firefighters and a civilian. Emergency services were on the property attending to a fire, but an hour after it broke out, the building collapsed.

The first responders were firefighters from the Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and rescue volunteers from the Poh Teck Tung Foundation, some of whom were trapped in the rubble.

At the time of the collapse inside the building, rescuers were trying to save the building’s inhabitants. Rescue services had not been able to rescue the victims given the fragile state of the rest of the building. Twelve hours after the collapse, local authorities consider it is unlikely there will be any survivors, because the temperature under the rubble exceeds 100ºC.

-TN