A four-storey spare parts shop in Khlong Luang district in Pathum Thani province was gutted in a predawn fire with initial damage estimated at about 15 million baht.
The fire happened at 5 am Saturday (Feb 10) at the shop which is in the compound of Talad Thai wholesale market.
Several fire trucks were sent to fight the fire and firemen were able to put it out an hour later.
The shopowner Kawee Vejayantvivat, 54, said there were six persons, including him, inside the shop when the fire started at the store room while everyone was sleeping.
Mr Kawee said he and others tried to contain it but failed as the fire spread very quickly so, they decided to flee the building and called authorities for help, he said.
Forensic police were at the scene to look into the cause and sealed off the building for fear that it might collapse.