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Fire guts Siem Reap shop

Fire guts Siem Reap shop

Faulty electrical wiring was responsible for setting a jewellery shop ablaze in front of the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra resort late Monday night, Siem Reap provincial police said.

Polygram Jewelry Shop, located along Angkor Wat road in Siem Reap town, began burning at about 11:30pm due to an electrical problem in the store, provincial deputy police chief Thoeung Chendarith said.

“The fire started in the shop when everyone was off of work, but firemen used seven trucks to battle the blaze for about an hour,” he said.

No one was injured.

Long Dy, 22, told the Post yesterday that he could see smoke and flames on Monday from the balcony of his home located behind the jewellery shop.

“I ran to the front of the shop when the fire was just starting, but it spread quickly.… The heat was intense, so I did what I could and helped other people pour water on parts of the shop,” Dy said.

The owner of Polygram Jewelry could not be reached for comment.

Faulty electrical wiring was also blamed for starting a fire at Siem Reap’s Doeum Kralanh market on July 7, causing damages exceeding $1 million.

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