A factory that produces mattresses was completely destroyed by a fire yesterday morning in Kampot province.
Kampot provincial police chief Mao Chan Makthurith said that no one was killed or injured in the blaze, which began at about 3am and lasted until 7am in Andoung Khmer commune.
“The fire destroyed a lot of materials in the factory,” said Mr Chan Makthurith. “Police are still investigating the cause of the blaze.”
Mr Chan Makthurith added that it took about 20 fire truck loads of water to put out the inferno and noted that the factory was owned by Khun Teng, 52.
Da Eng, 58, a neighbour who witnessed the fire, said that neighbours of the factory first spotted it and called police.
“We panicked when we saw the fire,” she said. “We tried to help by taking some water from our homes to extinguish it and stop it from spreading to our homes.”
Ms Eng noted that the fire did not reach neighbours’ homes, thankfully.
“The mattresses can catch fire easily, so we want the owner to be careful because we live next door and are worried about our homes,” she added.
According to a Ministry of Interior report, fires killed 22 and injured 12 in 2017, when there were 514 fires across the country.