Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Student, aged 20, dies in Phnom Penh blaze

Student, aged 20, dies in Phnom Penh blaze

Student, aged 20, dies in Phnom Penh blaze

A woman was killed and three houses were damaged in a fire in Stung Meanchey commune in the capital’s Meanchey district yesterday morning.

Neth Vantha, director of the municipal fire department, said yesterday that the 20-year-old student was killed when a fire started at her mother’s house in Stung Meanchey village.

“The female victim whose life was taken was Toeur Linda,” he said. “The victim was burned all over her body and the family took the body to keep at Stung Meanchey pagoda to conduct a traditional funeral.”

Neth Vantha added that Toeur Linda’s house burned down and two other nearby houses had also suffered damage from the fire.

“[Toeur Linda] tried to hide under the bed to escape from the fire but unfortunately, the blaze burned [the house] completely,” Neth Vantha said.

He added that one of Toeur Linda’s relatives had caused the blaze after they started a fire near some petrol in order to boil water.

“We arrived at the scene in time so we could stop the fire from spreading to more places,” Neth Vantha said.


  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being