Eight killed in Bangkok chemical accident
March 14, Bangkok: Eight people have died in a chemical accident in the basement of a Bangkok bank, officials have confirmed.
The contractors were working on a fire safety system at the headquarters of the Siam Commercial bank, one of the Thailand’s largest banks on Sunday night.
The accident happened when workers accidentally triggered the release of fire extinguishing chemicals during an upgrade of the building's safety system, officials said Monday.
Seven other people were injured in the accident, which occurred Sunday night in the basement of the Siam Commercial Bank's headquarters in Bangkok.
The bank said in a statement that an initial investigation found that the accident was caused by "negligence on the part of our contractors hired to improve fire protection in the building."
Workers were upgrading a fire extinguishing system in a document archive room in the bank's basement when the accident occurred, causing the release of Pyrogen aerosol, officials said. They did not elaborate
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