Dramatic moment huge shopping centre goes up in flames as 1000s of shoppers flee

Hundreds of panicked shoppers were forced to flee a burning shopping centre after a fire broke out in a massive public area.

The horror incident took place at the huge Central World shopping centre in Bangkok on Saturday (December 3).

Despite nobody being hurt from it, many of those at the 5.9 million square foot site tweeted to claim that no fire alarm or warnings about the fire were given and fellow fleeing shoppers were forced to warn others to get out as quickly as possible.

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Video footage of the incident shows shoppers panicking to get down escalators in massive groups, while another showed the entire centre filled with smoke – with seemingly very little ventilation to get rid of it.

One video showed thick black smoke in the area of the fire, while shoppers – wearing masks – ran screaming away from it.

Another dramatic video of the fire shows one security staff member trying to stop the fire with a small fire extinguisher, which was located near a jewellery shop.

A spokesman for the shopping centre said that it took around 10 minutes for security officers to extinguish the fire and for businesses located near the fire to re-open.

The fire appeared to have taken place in a public area, rather than in a store – which led to smoke filling the main concourses.

A photo from the scene showed hundreds of shoppers gathering outside the shopping centre while officials dealt with the aftermath.

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No confirmation of how the fire started was given.

Shockingly, it has been just three years since the same shopping centre had another fire which killed two members of staff an injured 17 people – no fire alarms were set off during that incident, either.

The shopping centre is home to an Apple Store, H*M, massive food hall and seven main public shopping floors and food halls.

It has 495 shops at the site, with enough parking for 7,000 cars.

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