Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Five-year-old killed, family injured in fire

Five-year-old killed, family injured in fire

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Neighbours rushed to the scene and attempted to transport the boy to the hospital, but he died along the way. Photo supplied

Five-year-old killed, family injured in fire

A five-year-old boy died and his father is undergoing medical treatment in Vietnam after a fire ripped through their home in Prey Veng province’s Kampong Trabek district on Monday night.

Bratheat commune police chief Va Samuth told The Post on Tuesday that the family’s home was also used as a motorcycle repair shop.

He said neighbours heard gas tank explosions which then led to the inferno that claimed the life of Chhuor Meng Cheu while his sister Chhour Sieng, two, and father Chhour Kongsrung, 32, sustained serious injuries. The mother, 38, whose name is unknown as of press time, sustained minor injuries.

“Neighbours told us that before the fire, there was a loud explosion and flames were seen. It spread to gasoline. The family was sleeping inside. The house did not have many exits. It had only one entrance,” he said.

He said the young girl was admitted to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital in Phnom Penh, while her father was sent to Vietnam because his condition was very serious.

Kampong Trabek district police chief Suon Sam Oeun said the boy who was severely burned, died in the blaze.

Citing an eyewitness, he said the blaze was ignited when the father kick-started a motorbike he was repairing, which created sparks that led to flames ignited by nearby gasoline bottles.

The fire then spread extremely quickly, immobilising the father and trapping the family inside the home, he said.

Neighbours rushed to the scene and attempted to transport the boy to the hospital, but he died along the way due to his serious injuries, he added.

He said that following the incident, police conducted a post-mortem examination on the boy’s body and confirmed he died in the fire.

District division chief-of-staff Chhim Rotha said the girl, who suffered full-body burns, was still in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

He said four fire trucks were used to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to other homes.


  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • Cambodia, CRF win rice battle in EU Court

    The European General Court has rejected the European Commission’s (EC) request to reject a complaint submitted by Cambodia and the Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) regarding the EU’s reintroduction of tariffs on Indica rice exports from Cambodia. A court order uploaded to the European