A night-time fire killed two young brothers and razed 51 houses in the capital's
Daun Penh district on August 9. Pav Dina, 15, and Pav Rithy, 12, were sleeping on
the balcony of their uncle's house when the fire started around 11 p.m. Village chief
Mey Choeun said a leaking cooking gas cylinder was responsible. Residents complained
that firemen wanted $200 per tender before they would tackle the blaze, and prevented
local people from fighting the flames.