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Hundreds of animals killed after fire rips through Bangkok market

WEB DESK: The Debris and reptile cages are seen following a fire, in which exotic animals, reptiles and pets died at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday. 

Hundreds of animals are believed to have died after a fire ripped through Bangkok’s popular Chatuchak animal market on Tuesday, according to local authorities.

The fire started around 4:10 a.m. local time in Sri Somrat market, in Chatuchak, where live fish and animals were being sold, the Chatuchak administrative office said.

It ripped through 118 shops before being extinguished less than 30 minutes later, it added.

Bangkok authorities said no one was injured in the blaze, but “lots of pet animals” were affected. It said the damaged area is estimated to be around 1,400 square meters (about 15,000 square feet).

Dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, birds, fish and chickens were among the animals affected, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s emergency unit 911.

Authorities have not yet disclosed the cause of the fire.