Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Market fire razes some 250 stalls

Market fire razes some 250 stalls

Nearly 250 stalls in a private market were destroyed in a suspected electrical fire in Battambang province’s Phnom Prek district on Monday night, police said yesterday.

District police chief Song Sopheak said 244 stalls were burned down after an electrical fire in a centrally located stall spread to others. According to Sopheak, no one was injured in the blaze because the fire began at night.

“It happened at 11:30pm on Monday night, and people living near the market tried to put the fire out, but they could not help,” he said.

“We used 18 fire engines from the provincial police station and many fire engines from Thailand, because it was close to the Thai border, so they helped to put out the fire,” he continued.

Sopheak said he did not know the exact cost of the damage.

Authorities and Red Cross officials have distributed “some aid” to affected vendors, and police don’t believe the fire to have been an act of arson, he said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc