Fire guts wholesale market in Thai tourist hub
People gather at a burnt supermarket after it was destroyed in a fire overnight, on Thailand's southern island of Phuket on October 17, 2013
The fire, which sent huge plumes of smoke and flames into the sky, broke out at the SuperCheap complex on Wednesday night, sending customers fleeing in panic.
Firefighters took four hours to bring the blaze under control, Phuket's deputy governor Sommai Prijasilpa told AFP, adding one person was missing -- without giving details.
"About 90 percent of the store was damaged by the blaze," Sommai said, adding an investigation is under way.
"I have checked with hospitals and health officials... there are no reports of people killed or injured in the fire," she added.
Local media said the missing person was a woman who worked at the market.
Around 1,000 shoppers and other staff inside the complex escaped the blaze as flames engulfed the large building, leaving behind only charred ruins on Thursday.
A fire at a popular nightclub on the island a year ago killed four people, including two foreigners.
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