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More than 1,000 pets and ornamental fish were reportedly killed after fire broke out in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok in the early hours of Tuesday (June 11).

The fire ignited at 4.30am, burning all 118 stores in Sri Somrat Market, which is considered Chatuchak Market’s pet zone.

Animals affected by the fire included dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, birds, Siamese fighting fish, and chickens. No people were injured during the incident.

More than 10 water trucks were deployed to the scene. Firefighters took about an hour to distinguish the flames. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt has instructed officials to assist victims of the incident. He also invited people to purchase pets at the market to help retailers there.

An unidentified guard at the bird shop told the press that the fire broke out while she was watching over rare birds on the mezzanine floor. She heard the cries of animals but faced difficulties breathing so ran outside.

She also claimed that cockatoos are the most expensive birds costing 30,000 baht each, adding that the shop owner was on his way to assess the damage.

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From Thailand News Agency 

 Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has announced a suspension of the pet market operations after the fire on Tuesday killed over 5,000 animals.

Governor Chadchart announced a suspension of market operations. The State Railway must seek permission from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration before reopening, and vendors must obtain approval to resume pet trading.


He expressed deep regret over the incident, noting that the market, which had been selling pets for over 20 years, had recently renewed its lease.

The fire resulted in damage to 118 shops, with another 15 partially affected, and the death of over 5,000 animals, including 3,500 fish, 37 dogs, 2 monkeys, 1,382 birds, 30 squirrels, 100 turtles, 25 cats, 10 raccoons, and 217 chickens, among others.

In response to the governor’s announcement, the Animal Welfare Network of Thailand, through Roger Lohanun of the Thai Animal Guardinas Association, submitted a letter with three urgent requests: a swift investigation into the fire, improvement of the pet market’s infrastructure to ensure safety and fire prevention with an oversight committee, and stricter enforcement of existing animal welfare laws and regulations.


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