More than 1,000 Animals Killed in Blaze at Pet Zone of Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market

BANGKOK – A devastating fire at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 pets and ornamental fish. The blaze broke out in the early hours of June 11, around 4:30 am local time, and ravaged all 118 stores in Sri Somrat Market, known as Chatuchak Market’s pet zone.

The fire claimed the lives of various animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, birds, Siamese fighting fish, and chickens. Fortunately, no human injuries were reported during the incident.

Over 10 water trucks were dispatched to the scene, with firefighters taking about an hour to extinguish the flames. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire. Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has instructed officials to provide assistance to those affected by the fire. He also encouraged people to purchase pets from the market to support the retailers.

An unidentified guard at a bird shop recounted the moment the fire broke out. While watching over rare birds on the mezzanine floor, she heard the cries of animals but was forced to flee due to difficulty breathing. She noted that cockatoos, among the most expensive birds at 30,000 baht (S$1,103) each, were part of the shop’s inventory, and the shop owner was on his way to assess the damage.

The incident has brought attention to the need for enhanced safety measures and support for the affected vendors and animals at the market.