Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fire razes more than 40 homes near river

Fire razes more than 40 homes near river

A view of the fire that burned over 40 houses in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district last night.
A view of the fire that burned over 40 houses in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district last night. Hong Menea

Fire razes more than 40 homes near river

More than 40 houses burned down in a fire in a Daun Penh district slum last night, although Phnom Penh officials reported no injuries or deaths.

The fire raged for about two hours in Srah Chak commune on the riverbank of the Tonle Sap, with 29 fire trucks sent to fight the flames.

Resident Var Tith, 38, an unemployed scavenger who lives with his wife, said that his home was completely destroyed.

“I have no place to live now,” Tith said.

Another resident, Le Yang Hov, 53, cried as she watched from afar while her home burned as well. “All my belongings are gone now, I don’t even have a pillow,” she said.

“I don’t know who caused the fire,” she added, wiping her tears.

Chheang Phanara, deputy municipal police chief in charge of fire emergencies, said officials “had to use 29 fire trucks to put out of the fire, because the fire was very destructive”.

“We do not know the reason for the fire yet, but we will investigate it,” Phanara added.

The slum is near the Cambodian-Japanese Friendship Bridge, where some citizens have been told they will need to relocate while repairs to the bridge are underway.

But City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey denied that the fire-stricken neighbourhood was one of those affected, adding it was “fortunate that the people affected are alive”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the