A fire at Thailand’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market killed over 1,000 caged animals, including dogs, birds, snakes and cats;  The surface of heartbreaking movies
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A fire at Thailand’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market killed over 1,000 caged animals, including dogs, birds, snakes and cats; The surface of heartbreaking movies

More than 1,000 animals died in a fire at the Chatuchak weekend market in Thailand | Khaosod English

Bangkok: Hundreds of caged animals died on Tuesday after a fire destroyed the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in the Thai capital.

According to the Bangkok government, the fire was reported early in the morning and quickly spread to more than 100 stores in the pet section.

The services said it took them about an hour to bring the fire under control.

There are no reports of human casualties, but Thai media reports suggest that several hundred animals, including puppies, fish, snakes, birds and rabbits that were kept in cages and locked in shops, died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, said Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, who visited the scene after the fire was extinguished.

In the morning, officers could be seen at the scene inspecting charred shops or breaking down metal gates to extract animals that survived the fire.

Officials said they were still working to estimate the cost of the damage and that affected store owners would be able to seek compensation.

The sprawling weekend market is a major tourist attraction, drawing shoppers from around the world to browse hundreds of shops and stalls for items ranging from food and drink to clothing, furniture, plants, books and pets.

Wildlife organizations often accuse some sellers of engaging in trafficking in rare and endangered species such as tortoises, tortoises and birds.