Bangkok — Buildings and cars burned in a market community near Bangkok's Chinatown district on Sunday, killing at least two people and inhaling smoke, according to the governor of the Thai capital and local media.
According to Facebook user "Oaky Ekarat Soyin," who claimed to have witnessed the incident with several flashes and large bangs, people shouted that the power transformer exploded as they fled.
Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipant told reporters that a transformer in a three-story building exploded, a fire broke out and the building was swallowed immediately.
"The fire has now been extinguished," he said, adding that two people died and the other nine (mainly firefighters) inhaled smoke.
According to Thai media, the 35-year-old Myanmar migrant worker, a Thai citizen, worked in a store that sells packages made primarily of plastic materials.
Authorities said the two were trapped inside because of a fire at the entrance of the store. No investigation has been conducted yet. (Report by Juarawee Kittisilpa, written by Orathai Sriring, edited by Toby Chopra)