Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Takeo market fire causes around $500K in damage

Takeo market fire causes around $500K in damage

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The ravaged 50 stalls in Tram Kak Market in ram Kak district. Police

Takeo market fire causes around $500K in damage

A fire ravaged 50 stalls in Tram Kak Market in Takeo province’s Tram Kak district on the night of May 5, with damages estimated at around $500,000.

Mao Sophal, deputy police chief in charge of fire prevention, told The Post on May 6 that the fire had damaged many phone, clothes and footwear stalls and destroyed 22 in the market.

“Upon inquiries and inspecting the scene, we determined that the fire was started by faulty electrical wiring in a phone stall owned by Nob Sovan. Nobody was injured during the incident,” he said, adding that police firefighters using 14 fire engines took more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.

However, local authorities have yet to assess the extent of the damage. But according to preliminary estimates, property damage was put at more than $500,000, said Tram Kak commune chief Som Roth on May 6.

Citing vendors, he said: “One stall owner lost between $8,000 and $ 30,000. So, the 22 stalls destroyed amounts to about $500,000. But this is just a first estimate based on data provided by vendors. We do not know if they have inflated figures,” he said.

Stall owner Sovan told The Post that when he received news of the fire, he rushed to his stall to collect his goods, most were phones and spare parts. But when he arrived at the market, the fire was intense and spreading to many nearby stalls.

“I have nothing left. My goods are worth over $30,000. My stall burnt to the ground in the blink of an eye. Before leaving the market for my house, I turned off the light at the stall.

But why did the faulty electrical wiring happen?” he said


  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be