230 stalls destroyed in Takeo market blaze
A fire that broke out yesterday in Samroan Young market along National Highway 2, Takeo province, razed at least 230 stalls, authorities said. Bati District deputy police chief Chhay Keomony said the fire started at around 7pm and was extinguished at around 10pm.
The authorities said that they were able to control the blaze and prevent it from spreading to local residential housing in the district, with some 22 fire trucks used in the operation. The cause and cost of the fire is yet to be determined, but initial reports say that some 230 out of the 233 stalls at the market have been destroyed.
This makes the blaze by far the biggest fire-related disaster in the Kingdom this year, followed by the fire at the Thom Market in Battambang last month, which razed 33 stalls. Taing Rinith / Khmer Times