Thai-Belgian bridge fire turns traffic in capital a complete chaos

Traffic in Bangkok turned a complete chaos after a small fire broke out beneath the Thai-Belgian bridge on Rama 4 during rush hour this morning.

The fire incident incredibly caused traffic jams on several inbound and outbound roads, expressways and motorways after the bridge was closed to traffic.

The shutdown of the Thai-Belgian flyover caused a wide chain reaction with traffic snarls on expressways and motorways heading into Bangkok’s inner zone.

By late this morning, traffic jams are reported in many areas, including Silom, Rama 4, Ratchadapisek, Phetburi, Sukhumvit, Phaholyothin, and Vibhavadee.

The fire started at about 7.00am at the Thai-Belgian bridge where a large number of plastic garbage bins were stored beneath the bridge and raged quickly.

Several fire trucks arrived and started spraying water to distinguish the flames.

Traffic police shut down the bridge as the rising flame could pose danger to passing vehicles overhead.

The fire took firemen almost two hours to completely control it.

However traffic on the bridge remains shut as city authorities were concerned of the safety of the bridge structural beams and flooring after they came under the heat if the fire for hours.

The actual cause of the fire was not yet known but authorities suspected it might be started by vagabond who used space beneath the bridge as home to shelter.

The plastic garbage bins were stored beneath the bridge for a long time and they will be used to replace bins placed on  roads which are damaged or stolen.

All inbound traffic to the capital’s financial and commercial district were paralysed during and after the fire.

By late this morning, traffic remains congested in many areas areas of the inner zone.

Forensic police are inspecting the fire scene late today.

City officials said it was expected that the bridge might be closed for repairs for at least one month because the steel structures of the bridge were deformed after being burnt for over an hour.