Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - No deaths in blaze at capital club

No deaths in blaze at capital club

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Firefighters put the blaze from dance hall 2ND Club in Phnom Penh yesterday. Heng Chivoan

No deaths in blaze at capital club

Fire tore through a Phnom Penh nightclub on Tuesday morning, completely destroying the building, a fire official said. The blaze at 2ND Club struck at about 6am, with the initial blame falling on an electrical malfunction.

“After the initial assessment, we suspect that the fire was triggered by an electrical malfunction,” Ministry of Interior’s fire prevention department director Nath Vantha told The Post on the same day.

While no casualty was reported, Vantha estimated the financial loss caused by the accident to more than $1 million.

“[2ND Club] is considered to be a high-end club in the capital. The building is estimated to be worth more than $1 million.”

The fire was extinguished at 9am, with as many as 36 fire trucks deployed at the scene. Vantha said the operation also involved hundreds of police officers and an excavator – which was used to knock the walls down.

Vantha requests all building and construction site owners to install electrical systems in accordance to proper technical specifications. This, he said will make it easier for firefighters to extinguish the flames when such incidents occur.

A Ministry of Interior report revealed that there were 444 fires during the first eight months of this year, killing 17 people and razing one market to the ground.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations

    Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.

  • EU starts EBA withdrawal

    The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said

  • PM: War result of foreign meddling

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to