Two Firefighters Dead, Three Others Still Trapped By Collapse Of Fire-Ravaged Building In Bangkok

At least two firefighters were confirmed dead and three others were trapped under tons of debris after a building whose top two stories had been added illegally caught fire and collapsed, officials said Monday.


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- At least two firefighters were confirmed dead and three others were trapped under tons of debris after a building whose top two stories had been added illegally caught fire and collapsed, officials said Monday.

Rescue workers were trying to clear the wreckage in the slim hope that some of the missing firefighters might be found alive.

``There are two confirmed dead, but there are some still inside whom we haven't been able to pull out,'' said police Maj. Suttipong Sukperm. He said three others were still trapped under the rubble of the building, which collapsed Sunday.

The six-story United Union Parts building was designed for four stories 17 years ago.

``Two stories had been illegally added atop the original building,'' said Bangkok Mayor Apirak Kosayothin. ``That and the combination of tons of spare auto parts and the water that was sprayed in during the attempt to put out the fire caused the building to collapse.''