Fire Scene Cordoned off for Inspection

Still image from a video showing the fire Friday afternoon at a building on Soi Narathiwas 18.


By Pravit Rojanaphruk
Senior Staff Writer

BANGKOK — Police have cordoned off the 10-story building which caught fire Friday in Bangkok’s Yannawa district to allow for an inspection by officials. The Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning will assess whether the building can still be used.

A woman was killed in yesterday’s fire and the building which is on Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 18 in Sathorn area appears to be structurally damaged. The inspection is expected to take two days and the authority will check whether the building owner made any additions to the structure without seeking a permit.

Angkana Osiri, 65, was killed on a seventh floor balcony in the building yesterday. She appeared to have suffocated and lost consciousness before being engulfed by fire according to witnesses. A number of people jumped down from the flaming building to safety and at least three were injured in the incident but survived.

 

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