Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Three-star general and daughter-in-law die in capital fire

Three-star general and daughter-in-law die in capital fire

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Firefighters put out a blaze. FACEBOOK

Three-star general and daughter-in-law die in capital fire

A fire at the Borey Kimsan gated community in Ta Ker village of the capital’s Kamboul commune and district that ignited around 1am on November 30 took the lives of a three-star general and his daughter-in-law, according to local authorities.

District police chief Hang Mony told The Post that the deceased included Lieutenant General Chea Sophal, 64, who served as deputy head of the cabinet in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and his daughter-in-law, Khen, 30. Both were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

“The fire was caused by an electrical fault,” Mony said.

He said that the victims apparently suffocated from the smoke before the firefighters and emergency medical team from the district police station arrived and broke down the door in an attempt to rescue them from the burning home

Witnesses who lived nearby the incident said that before the flames became apparent, black smoke was seen rising from the apartment.

“After we broke into the apartment our officers found both of them unconscious. We rushed them to the hospital but the doctors pronounced them dead upon arrival,” Mony said.

The fire was contained and did not spread to other houses as five fire engines were on hand to fight the blaze and extinguish it.

According to the Ministry of Interior's Department of Fire Prevention and Rescue, the two deaths brought fire-related fatalities to 20 this year.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Schools drawn into Manet degree row

    Prime Minister Hun Sen stepped into the Hun Manet-Sam Rainsy war of words over the validity of Manet’s degree from the US Military Academy at West Point, set off by Rainsy’s claims that Manet had received a “second-class degree” or “honorary degree”. Hun

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • NagaWorld protest part of ‘conspiracy’

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court and police held a joint-press conference on January 4 to clarify details concerning the arrest of nine former employees of the integrated resort NagaWorld and the charges brought against them, saying that the authorities had clear grounds for taking legal action.