Blaze razes more than 30 homes in capital

Phnom Penh: A blaze ripped through a community in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday, leveling more than 30 homes, officials said. No one was injured.

Dy Rath Khemrun, deputy governor of Meanchey district, said the fire began at about 3.00pm near the old dump site in Stung Meanchey II commune’s Prek Tol village.

“Our forces controlled the situation 100 percent, using 17 fire trucks to put out the fire,” he said, noting that it took firefighters one hour to extinguish the blaze.

“There were about 32 houses damaged by the fire, meaning 32 families suffered,” he added. “However, no one was killed or injured in the fire.”

Colonel Prum Yorn, chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Fire Department, said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“We are working on the case,” he said.

Pech Keomony, governor of Meanchey district, called on the public, especially residents living along narrow streets in the capital, to keep roads clear of vehicles so that fire trucks can access homes when they are on fire.

“We are really sad to see all the properties damaged by the fire, but we must note that our forces responded well and worked hard to ensure that no life was lost,” he said.

“Some people in the area believe this fire was caused by an electrical fault,” he added, noting that most fires are caused by faults in electrical wiring. “But our experts are still working on this case to determine the real cause of the blaze.”