Continued from Part 1 – Bangkok at War – Combat Photography From The Front Lines, Part 1– Exclusively on BigBabyKenny.com, Bangkok at War – Combat Photography From The Front Lines, Part 2, Bangkok at War – Combat Photography From The Front Lines, Part 3, and Bangkok at War – Combat Photography – Part 4 – Inside the Wire
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When I got to Central World the day the Red Shirts were cleared out, it was on fire.
There were no fire trucks around and the fire was just burning out of control. I read in the news today that the mall was eventually totally destroyed with metal beams melted and collapsing into the wreckage.
These pictures were taken when the fire had been burning only a couple of hours. With no one fighting the flames, the fire must have eventually engulfed the whole building.
If there was high wind to fan the flames, the fire could have spread to neighboring buildings and half of Bangkok would have burned down.
It looked like a scene out of a post apocalypse movie with the flames shooting into the air and clothing, food carts, propane tanks, and trash littering the streets.
Up the street toward the Platinum Mall and Pantip, there was a huge fire burning on the bridge over the Klong.
Some of the nearby neighbors had found a fire hose somewhere, hooked it up, and were battling the flames themselves.
There are ton of wooden houses lining the klong and if the fire spread to them, they could all go up in flames.
Here are some of the people living nearby trying to fight the fire themselves. They must have scavenged a fire house out of on the nearby buildings, hooked it up themselves, and turned the water on.
You can see from the picture that the water pressure was not that strong.
They have imposed a 4 day curfew so there is little point in hanging around Bangkok.
Maybe up country in “The Heart of Issan” normal life is still going on.