(From AFP)

Eight people have died and seven others have been injured after a fire extinguisher system was accidentally triggered at a major Thai bank, releasing a suffocating cloud of chemicals, officials say.

The accident happened on Sunday around 9:30 pm in the basement of the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) in Bangkok, one of the country’s largest financial institutions.

The bank on Monday blamed the accident on the contractor hired to improve the building’s fire extinguishing system.

SCB said contractors had been working to improve the building’s chemical fire extinguishers but mistakenly set off the system, releasing chemicals that likely caused oxygen levels to plummet.

“The work may have triggered [the] Pyrogen aerosol which, once it works, will decrease oxygen, that could cause people’s injuries and death,” the bank said in a statement. Read More

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