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Two killed in rice factory blaze

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Police officers battle the fire in Kampong Speu province yesterday. Koh Santepheap

A rice factory fire yesterday killed two workers and injured four others in Kampong Speu province’s Odong district.

Colonel Khim Samon, Odong district police chief, said yesterday that the fire started at about 2.30 pm at the Golden Rice factory in Ksem Ksan commune.

“It killed two people and four people were injured,” Col Samon said. “All the injured people were sent to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.”

He said police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

According to a district police report, police officers used nine fire trucks, including two from the factory and two from neighbouring garment factories, to battle the blaze.

A damaged truck and rice from the fire. Fresh News

“Two men, Eng Chanthy and Yoeu Yat, died in the fire,” the report noted, adding that a truck and paddy-drying machine were destroyed.

District Governor Nguon Veasna could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Chheang Ra, director of Calmette Hospital, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

A doctor at the hospital’s emergency unit confirmed that the hospital received the four people injured in the fire.

“All of them were sent for surgery,” he said. “I cannot give details.”

In August, Neth Vantha, the Interior Ministry’s Fire Prevention Department director, said there were 351 fires in the first six months of this year compared to 309 cases during the first half of last year. He said 15 people died, 32 were hurt and 316 houses were damaged.

According to a report by the Fire Prevention Department, there were 514 fires throughout the country for the whole of last year, a decrease from the 612 cases recorded in 2016. Twenty-two people were killed, 128 injured and 480 properties were damaged during last year’s fires.

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