Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fire burns down house

Fire burns down house

Fire burns down house

A fire started by a gas explosion burned a 15-room house to the ground in Siem Reap town’s Slakram commune yesterday morning, police said.  

The explosion occurred when the house’s owner, who sold gas for cooking, was transferring his product from a large container into smaller ones for sale, said Siem Reap province deputy police chief Thoeung Chendarith.

Fortunately, the residents of the zinc-roofed house heard the explosion, and all were able to evacuate the building uninjuredbefore the fire rapidly consumed their rooms, he said.

“The rooms were built much too close to each other, and that’s why the fire was able to spread so quickly,” Chendarith said.

Siem Reap city police chief Soun San said fire trucks initially could not reach the fire because the street was too narrow. Later, the blaze’s damage to the rooms opened the way for five trucks to come through and extinguish the fire.  

Victims said they had no time to talk as they scrambled to find places to stay.

MOST VIEWED

  • US to ramp up sanctions after ‘flawed’ national polls

    At a press conference on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that it would expand visa sanctions on the Cambodian officials and individuals it deems responsible for “undermining democracy” in Cambodia. At the briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated that the department regarded the July 29 elections

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth

  • Tourist arrivals up by 12%

    Cambodia welcomed more than three million foreign tourists in the first half this year, an increase of 12.7 per cent compared to the same period last year, official data from the Ministry of Tourism said. Leading the way in the rise were Chinese and Vietnamese tourists.