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Watch: A fire kills hundreds of animals in a market in Thailand

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A fire broke out at one of Thailand’s most famous markets early Tuesday, killing hundreds of caged animals for sale, including puppies, snakes, birds and rabbits.

The fire, which swept through Chatuchak Market over the weekend in Bangkok, affected more than 100 stores in the pet sector, according to an office affiliated with the Bangkok Metropolitan Municipality.

Authorities said it took about an hour to control the fire, and no human casualties were reported.

Rescue teams at the scene broke the closed metal doors of the warehouses to remove the animals that survived the fire.

Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sitipunt, who visited the scene after the fire was extinguished, said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

The authorities reported that they are still working to estimate the cost of the damage.

The sprawling weekend market attracts shoppers from all over the world to visit hundreds of shops and stalls selling a variety of goods, from food and drink to clothing, furniture, plants, books and pets.

Wildlife organizations often accuse some sellers of being involved in trafficking rare and endangered species, such as tortoises, sea turtles and birds.

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