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Careless monks in pagoda candle fire

Careless monks in pagoda candle fire

A MONK was injured and five buildings destroyed when a pagoda caught fire on Monday night in Kampong Thom province’s Baray district. Deputy police chief of Kampong Thom, Loem He, said yesterday that the fire was the result of careless monks. Several candles reportedly fell over leading to the blaze at Sereisophoan pagoda. “Fire engines were not able reach the pagoda in time to fight the fire because the area is remote and difficult to reach in a timely manner,” said Loem He. According to a report form Baray district authorities, 47-year-old Tong Phally was the only monk wounded in the blaze, receiving minor injuries.

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