Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Widow dies in Pursat house fire

Widow dies in Pursat house fire

Widow dies in Pursat house fire

A 32-year-old widow burned to death on Sunday night in a house fire in Pursat province’s Krakor district, police said yesterday.

District police chief Em Run identified the woman as Yem Phoeun, whom he said often drank alone in her palm-leaf house.

“We searched the burnt house, but everything was charred. We collected only her rib cage and skull once the fire was out,” Run said.

He added that the home was far from other villagers, who were also asleep when the blaze began at about 9pm.

“The victim lit candles in the house every night and was always drunk.

We suspect the candle fell on her mosquito net and it burned and she could not run away because she was drunk,” he said.

According to an online statement by the National Police yesterday, the victim had drunkenly attempted to burn her house down once before, but villagers stopped her.

Fires have been the cause of 14 deaths, 16 injuries and 356 destroyed homes in the first half of 2015, according to the Ministry of Interior.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said