Fire destroys seven homes in Phnom Penh

2019-09-06 10:32:23

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Workers clear debris from the fire after it was put out yesterday. KT/Pho Vy

A fire ripped through seven houses that stored secondhand clothing supplies in Phnom Penh on Monday evening.

Colonel Prom Yorn, director of the municipal Fire Department, said the fire broke out at about 11pm on Monday in Boeng Keng Kang district’s Olympic commune.

“Seven houses were affected, which stored secondhand clothes,” Col Yorn said. “We do not know the cause of the fire yet because our officials are still investigating.”

He added that 38 fire trucks were deployed to battle the blaze, which was completely put out by 1pm yesterday.

“According to a preliminary report, owners of each house experienced about $1 million worth of damage,” Col Yorn said.

Thach Srun, an owner of one of the houses affected, said she was shocked when she saw the fire rip through her house.

“I do not know the cause of the fire. When I woke up, I heard people screaming for help and saw smoke on the roof,” Ms Srun said.

Khuong Sreng, Phnom Penh governor, yesterday visited the site and said firefighters were focused on rescuing people from the fire.

“We cannot identify the cause yet or the total damage, however, it’s important that we focus on rescuing the people and that no one was injured in the fire,” Mr Sreng said.

According to a recent report by the National Police’s Fire Department, 17 people died and 52 were injured in 534 fires in 2018, an increase from 2017, when there were 514 fires throughout the country that killed 22 and injured 128 people.