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In the early hours of Monday morning, a massive explosion took place at a factory on the outskirts of Bangkok.

The South China Morning Post reports that at least one person, a firefighter, has been killed and 62 injured as the blast tore through a foam and plastic pellet plant.

According to officials, the plant contained more than five warehouses with more than 55 tons of chemicals.

More than 1,800 local residents had to be evacuated, as an area within eight kilometres of the factory was deemed dangerous. Authorities feared that toxic fumes could result in serious injury or death to residents. The possibility of another explosion wasn't ruled out either.

Firefighters and volunteer rescue workers made their way through the rubble and flames to look for survivors. A few survivors were found buried under the rubble, but the flames were so high that it made it difficult for the firefighters and volunteers to get to them.

There were reports of facial and head injuries as fallen debris injured people in the immediate area of the plant.

Watch the South China Morning Post video below to see how the factory explosion in Bangkok left one person dead and 62 injured.

Image credit: Deccan Herald

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