AT least one person has died after leaping from a major mall complex engulfed in flames in Bangkok, Thailand today.
Images posted on social media show the scale of the fire as flames touch the sky and smoke billows from Bangkok’s CentralWorld complex.
At least two people are injured.
The cause and extent of the fire, which includes a hotel and office tower, is not known.
It is believed the flames broke out in a paper storage room.
The victim is said to have jumped from the upper floors of the tower in a frantic bid to escape the blaze. Distressing footage shows a man falling from the window where smoke is billowing out.
The fire broke out on the hotel’s eighth floor during the city’s rush hour and emergency vehicles reportedly struggled to make their way through the gridlocked traffic.
Thousands of people were evacuated and crews tackled the inferno.
The fire was reportedly brought under control more than an hour after it broke out at 6pm local time.
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Central World is at a major intersection surrounding by shopping complexes, shrines and high-rise hotels popular with tourists.
The Centara Grand Hotel is the flagship hotel of CentralWorld and is the 11th largest shopping complex in the world.
It is near the Erawan Shrine, which was the site of a deadly bombing in 2015.
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