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Fires destroy garment factory, threaten bank

People try to salvage items from inside a factory yesterday evening after a fire broke out in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
People try to salvage items from inside a factory yesterday evening after a fire broke out in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Fires destroy garment factory, threaten bank

Two fires broke out in Phnom Penh yesterday evening, with one almost entirely destroying a Sen Sok district garment factory, and the other being extinguished in its early stages at a bank building in Daun Penh.

Police said yesterday that the cause of the Sen Sok district conflagration was still unknown yesterday evening.

According to Neth Vantha, deputy chief of Phnom Penh police in charge of fire control, 70 to 80 per cent of the building and the goods contained within Xing High Feng Garment (Cambodia) Co Ltd in Sen Sok’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune were destroyed or damaged.

“No one has been reported injured or dead from the fire,” he said, adding that authorities and the management at the Taiwanese-owned factory plan to examine the scope of damage today.

The second fire was reported at the offices of the Union Commercial Bank in Daun Penh district near the Old Market.

Though flames weren’t visible at the site, smoke was rolling out of a second-storey window, which firefighters broke through and inundated with water.

About 10 fire trucks were observed at the scene, and firefighters there said that the cause of the fire was likely an electrical fault.

As of press time, no evaluation of the damage at the bank has been made, and bank staff could not be reached for comment.

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