A police source revealed that there is a link between the Pratunam fires and the bombing incidents.
Three people were reported to have been injured after Bangkok was rocked with explosions in different locations on Friday morning. But before the bombing incidents took place, fires raged out in Pratunam — widely known as a prominent shopping district.
In a report from The Nation, authorities suspect that the Pratunam fires were intentional arson and could be related to Friday (August 2) morning explosions.
Here’s a timeline of events based on reports from different news agencies.
5:01 am – First fire occurs
The fire occurred inside the building called DD House on Soi Petchburi 19. Approximately 500 sqm. of the area was damaged. Authorities believed the cause of the fire was a short circuit in the electrical control panel. Sanook and CH7 News reported that it took 30 minutes for the firefighters to extinguished the fire.
Second fire breaks out at the same time
Praram Command Center 199 was alerted at the same time that a building at Ratchaprarop Road was on fire. Damaged to the area was approximately 20 sqm. Initial assumptions suggested that a short circuit in the air conditioner was the cause.
5:38 am – Third fire takes place
According to Thai PBS, Praram Command Center 199 received a report that there was a fire at the 17-story building used as a residence and retail space near Soi Ratchaprarop 1.
The fourth and last fire took place near Chalermlarp Market, also in Pratunam area.
According to initial reports, officers believe the incidents were created to cause disruptions as opposed to injuring or killing people. The authorities are now reviewing the CCTV footage to aid them in their investigations.
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