Bangkok high-rise engulfed in flames

Fire crews are battling a large blaze in a Bangkok high-rise. Photo / FM91 Twitter
Fire crews are battling a large blaze in a Bangkok high-rise. Photo / FM91 Twitter

People are trapped in a burning high-rise building in Bangkok, Thailand where it is believed at least one person has already died.

Local newspaper the Bangkok Post is reporting that the fire is in a 10-storey building in Bangkok's Yannawa district and that the blaze broke out on the eighth floor about 10.30am local time (4.30pm NZT).


The paper said the fire spread quickly to upper storeys while firemen rushed to the scene near the Chan intersection of the capital.

Other reports say the building is a condo on Narathiwat Rd.

Photos have been shared on Twitter showing the building up in flames.


Six fire trucks and two ladder trucks were sent to the scene and there were reports that the body of a dead woman was seen on the seventh floor.

Firefighters were still unable to reach her due to the fire, the Bangkok Post said.

Meanwhile, Police fear more people may be trapped in the building's sixth to eighth floors.


Police and rescue workers are trying to reach them.

The Bangkok Post are reporting that the burning building is the home of family and relatives of Vikrom Aisiri, a former Democrat MP and owner of Phuket Air - an airline based in Bangkok.

- NZ Herald

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