Twenty houses were destroyed in a fire which broke out in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey early morning while its cause has not yet known.
Homeowners said that the fire started at around 5 am in Boeng Tompon commune’s Tomnop Toek 3 village and left them helpless as the fire trucks could not access a small, narrow road where the fire occurred.
They said that the blaze quickly swept through twenty houses mostly built of woods and corrugated tin roof in just an hour.
Phum Minea, 30, whose house passed down from his father, said that his house probably was the luckiest because he could save most of belongings from being consumed by the fire.
“We can say that it is lucky for me that some of my house stays intact and some others are completely destroyed. When the fire truck arrived, I asked the officer to spray the water from the fire truck by myself. It is just a matter of few minutes that the whole house would be destroyed,” he said.
“I do not know the cause, but the fire came from the house rented to drug users and they may carelessly use the fire to light their smoke,” Mr Minea said, adding that it cost him about $1,000 to rebuild it.
Prom Yorn, director of Phnom Penh Municipal fire police office, said that due to small road, it was hard for fire trucks to get close to the fire.
“The road is very small and we had to extend hoses very far to reach the fire,” Mr Yorn said.